Going through Customs without surprises? Then know what you are bringing in for your trip. Not all products can simply be brought in. And sometimes you need to pay taxes upon re-entering the European Union (EU).
I am travelling within the European Union (EU)
If you are travelling within the European Union (EU) you do not need to go through Customs. However, not all products can simply be brought in and imported. Also, the amount of alcohol or tobaccos you are allowed to bring in without being subject to taxes, is restricted. For instance, 90 litres of wine, 10 litres of spirits, 800 cigarettes. Please read the regulations and what you need to do.
I am travelling from outside the European Union (EU) to the Netherlands
Are you travelling to the Netherlands from outside the European Union (EU)? Please read what you can bring in duty free and when you have to file a declaration. Not all products can simply be brought in. Are you entering the Netherlands with €10,000 or more? File a declaration.
I am leaving the Netherlands
Are you leaving the Netherlands to a country outside of the EU? Not all products can simply be exported. Examples of this are art and antiques. Are you travelling to a country outside the EU with €10,000 or more? File a declaration.
Customs makes use of travel itinerary for monitoring purposes. Passengers have right of access
To monitor luggage, Customs makes use of the Passenger Name Records (PNR). These are data that airlines record for every passenger that books a flight.
Customs can check your hand and hold baggage. Customs also has the right to perform body searches.