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Important information about cargo Shipping to netherlands

Cargo Shipping To Netherlands

If you are planning a move to the Netherlands, you are not alone; thousands of people immigrate to the Netherlands each year. If you plan on living in the Netherlands for at least one year, you might consider cargo shipping to the Netherlands instead of buying everything new once you arrive.

Compared to many countries, the Netherlands has very reasonable cargo shipping regulations and therefore it may even be cheaper to ship your personal items than to buy new. Having your own personal belongings in any foreign country gives you a sense of comfort when everything else around you is new. In order for you to ship personal items to the Netherlands duty-free, your household goods need to be in use by you for at least 12 months. Also, you cannot sell those items in the Netherlands for 12 months once you arrive. The government wants to ensure that the belongings you are importing duty-free are really for your own use and you do not intend on selling your things to make a profit. If you do sell items earlier than one year from when you arrived, you may have to pay import duties or taxes.

Regulations For Cargo Shipping To Netherlands

The Netherlands does have a few cargo shipping regulations to consider before you make plans for moving overseas to the Netherlands. Although household goods are duty-free, there are items you can import but they are not duty-free, have restrictions, or require a special import license or permit. These items include:
  • New items (less than 12 months old) that show no trace of use
  • Electrical appliances
  • Food
  • Art work
  • Medication
  • Weapons
  • Certain plants
If you are bringing medication into the Netherlands, you must have a prescription. You can bring works of art into the Netherlands if you have the proper license, usually obtained from the art seller; this is to restrict the import of stolen artifacts. Like most country's import regulations, all weapons are restricted. You can import weapons, but you need to bring the proper documentation and register the weapon with the police in the Netherlands.

If you are moving to the Netherlands for employment, work with your employer to see if you are eligible for the 30% ruling. The 30% ruling applies to foreign workers and allows employees to earn up to 30% of their salary tax free. Those eligible for the 30% rule are also exempt from taxation on investments. Looking to ship a car, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle to the Netherlands?

Car Shipping To Netherlands

Interested in car shipping to the Netherlands? You can ship a vehicle to the Netherlands as well. If you have owned the vehicle for more than six months, and lived out of the country for at least a year, it can be imported duty-free. You cannot sell the vehicle for at least a year once it is imported to the Netherlands or you may have to pay taxes and duty. Once the vehicle arrives in the Netherlands, it will have to undergo a technical inspection and you will need to get Dutch license plates for the car. Keep in mind that the driving age in the Netherlands is 18, and even if someone has a driver's license from another country who is under 18, he or she is not allowed to drive in the Netherlands. International driver's licenses are only valid for 6 months after immigration. People eligible for the 30% ruling can simply exchange licenses for a Dutch license, others will need to retake the driver's test.

Bringing Pets To Netherlands

You can bring your pets when you are moving to the Netherlands. Cats and dogs need a pet passport before they can be imported. You can get a pet passport from your vet that includes the last rabies vaccination date. Your cat or dog has to be vaccinated within the last year before you plan on moving to the Netherlands. If you do not get the pet passport before you move, your pet will be vaccinated once it enters the country and it will have to stay in quarantine for 30 days. For most other animals, you will only need a health certificate to bring them into the country. However, you can bring a rabbit or a fish into the Netherlands without any certificates. Moving overseas takes a lot of planning.

Moving Overseas and Cargo Shipping To Netherlands

Before moving overseas to the Netherlands, you'll need to get certain important documents in order. For example, you'll need a certificate of residence, an inventory of all the items you are shipping, and a request for import permit. A good international shipping company will provide you with all of the details regarding the paperwork and permits you'll need to ship overseas to the Netherlands. While shipping to the Netherlands is relatively straightforward, there are still some important steps to follow to make your experience as simple as possible.

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