Filing a declaration of liquid assets
You must declare the liquid assets that you are carrying when you arrive in or depart from the European Union if they have a value of €10,000 or more. Declaring liquid assets means you comply with the duty to report. You do not need to pay taxes. You can declare liquid assets by using the declaration form. The details you must provide are set out in that form. You can download the declaration form liquid assets or ask Customs for it.
Fill in the form. You must then hand it out at Customs if you enter or leave the EU. You may also use a declaration form from any of the other countries of the European Union (EU).
Are you travelling within the European Union (EU)? In that case, you do not have to declare liquid assets. Please note: There are a number of EU countries in which you are required to file a declaration under national legislation if you are carrying liquid assets from another EU country. That is not the case in the Netherlands.
Where do you file a declaration at an airport if you are carrying €10,000 or more in cash or securities?
On arrival in the Netherlands from a non-EU country
File your declaration by reporting to Customs in the so-called 'red channel' (goods to declare). Inform Customs that you wish to declare liquid assets.
On departing from the Netherlands for a country outside of the EU
Schiphol: File the declaration at Customs in departure hall 3 (Office Tax Refund / VAT refund)
Other airports in the Netherlands: go to the Customs office and file the declaration.
Are you entering the EU in the Netherlands by ship, or are you leaving the EU via the Netherlands? If so, you should file your declaration at the Customs office with competent jurisdiction in the seaport of arrival. See the Customs List of . Offices. Declaration of liquid assets for crew members, passengers and by shipping agents of ocean-going vessels.
Following your declaration, you will receive proof of declaration. You can use this in other countries and areas to demonstrate that you have filed a declaration.
Dutch Customs accepts declaration forms completed in Dutch, French, German and English.
Liquid assets in foreign currency must be converted into euros.
What happens if you are carrying more than €10,000 in liquid assets but fail to make a declaration or fail to make a complete or correct declaration? In that case you risk facing a minimum fine of € 1,000 and a maximum fine of€ 20,250 or a term of imprisonment.