What are you not permitted to include in your household effects?

You are moving from another country to the Netherlands? In that case, certain goods are subject to special rules. Examples:

  • goods for which you pay excise duties in the Netherlands
    Do your household effects include products containing alcohol (such as wine or spirits)? If so, you must be import duties for them.
    You are not permitted to send any tobacco products with household effects unless those tobacco products bear valid Dutch excise seals. Unsealed tobacco products may not be included in household effects. What if Customs finds them? They will seize all of the tobacco products and charge the corresponding taxes.
  • cars and motorcycles
    You have applied for an exemption for BPM (tax on cars and motorcycles) for your car or motorcycle (motor vehicle).
    Are you moving from another EU country? See: I am moving to the Netherlands from an EU country.

    Are you moving from a non-EU country? See: I am moving to the Netherlands and want to import my household effects to the Netherlands without paying import duties.
  • specific products and domestic animals:
    • dogs and cats
    • counterfeit articles
    • endangered species
    • animal products
    • weapons, munitions and fake weapons
    • narcotics
    • cultural property
      Go to the section restricted or prohibited to import or export on this website for the applicable rules.
  • goods for the practise of a profession
    You will not under any circumstances be granted an exemption for import duties for materials (other than portable instruments) for the practise of a profession.

Do you have any specific questions about cars and motorcycles? If so, call Tax Information Line Cars. For all other questions, call the Customs Information Line.

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