Examples of when a declaration must and must not be filed for liquid assets

Are you entering or leaving the European Union (EU) with € 10,000 or more in money or securities (liquid assets)? If so, you must declare this with Customs. A number of examples are given below.

Example: Amsterdam – New York

You are flying from Amsterdam (the Netherlands) to New York (United States). You are leaving the European Union in the Netherlands. In that case you file a declaration at Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport) for liquid assets.

Example: New York - Amsterdam

You are flying from New York (United States) to Amsterdam (the Netherlands). You arrive in the European Union at Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport) (the Netherlands). In that case you file a declaration at Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport) for liquid assets.

Example: Flight from Amsterdam – Delhi via London

You are flying from Amsterdam (the Netherlands) to Delhi (India) via London (Great Britain). You are leaving the European Union in London (Great Britain).

  • If you do not leave the flight in London (Great Britain) (no transfer), you will have to file the declaration in Amsterdam (the Netherlands).
  • If you do leave the flight in London (Great Britain) (transfer), you will have to file the declaration in London (Great Britain).

Example: Istanbul - Rotterdam by road

You are travelling by car from Istanbul (Turkey) to Rotterdam (the Netherlands). You must file the declaration at the place where you enter the European Union, e.g. Greece or Bulgaria.
You then leave the European Union, e.g. for Serbia or Montenegro, e.g. to return to the European Union in Slovenia. In that case you must also file a declaration at the following places:

  • the place where you leave the European Union, in this example Greece or Bulgaria
  • the place where you re-enter the European Union, in this example Slovenia

Example: Rotterdam – Tangier by road

You travel by car from Rotterdam (the Netherlands) to southern Spain, where you take a ship to Tangier (Morocco).
In that case you must file a declaration at the place where you leave the European Union, in this example Spain.

Example: Casablanca – New York via Rotterdam per ship

You are travelling by ship from Casablanca (Morocco) to New York (United States of America). You make a stopover in Rotterdam (the Netherlands)
If you take the money or the securities with you when you disembark in Rotterdam (the Netherlands), you must file a declaration in the Rotterdam (the Netherlands) before you leave the ship.

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