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You are an expat and you are moving to The Netherlands?   Though every official dealing with this process wants to make it all as easy as possible, applications and registrations can be complicated. The Expat Center for The Netherlands website informs you about a variety of matters you will have to take care of while moving to The Netherlands.

There are a couple of things to think about and to arrange before you book your ticket to the Netherlands. Here is a short checklist, but please contact us for more information:

  • Inform the authorities of your country of residence about your move.
  • Send the list stating the exact content of your removal goods in time to the Dutch Customs Administration (if you’re coming from a non-EU country).
  • Mind the special procedures for transporting medication.
  • Renew your passport and driving license.
  • Apply for the appropriate permits for shipping and your residence.
  • Authenticate (sometimes legalize) and translate official documents, e.g. birth or marriage certificates.

Generally you are permitted to take removal goods (goods for personal use) along without paying taxes on  these goods. There are some conditions, though. There is a difference between moving to The Netherlands from an EU countryor from a non-EU country.

Are you coming from outside the EU? Then you should file a declaration form to Customs, so that you may import your personal goods without paying taxes. How you should apply for this exemption permit and what rules apply can be found on the Customs website. Make sure to request exemptions in time. It usually takes the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration about six weeks to respond. In December it might take longer due to the holidays.

Are you an EU citizen then you do not have to file a declaration, because the EU handles the right of free movement of goods. However, there are some rules for special products. You can find these here on the Customs website.

Not sure whether you have to pay tax for the goods you want to import? Call the Tax Information Line at +31 555 385 385. You can also contact your local Dutch embassy for information on moving goods to the Netherlands or give us a call at 0900-9811 or email at info@expatcenter.nl.

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