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It’s easy to see that India and the Netherlands are very different. India is an exotic culture rich in tradition. The Netherlands is best known for its quality of life and its reputation as the happiest country in the world. Moving from India to the Netherlands is more than just moving your stuff – it’s moving your life.
You probably have a lot of questions, and we don’t blame you. It will be a big change! You will need to take a civic integration exam, (het inburgeringsexamen), which tests your understanding of Dutch culture and language. This “inburgering” process can take place entirely online, and is a requirement for a Dutch residency permit. You will need to acquire some basic competencies in the Dutch language and learn some fundamentals of being a Dutch citizen.
This guide is intended to help answer some of your questions about importing your household goods to the Netherlands.
Your personal goods will be subject to close inspection and will be duty-free as long as you meet the following requirements.
You will need to provide the following documentation to customs:
Very Important! When applying for an Import Permit, you must include ALL anticipated shipments (including vehicles) in your original petition. Import Permits are only granted once, so you will need to plan ahead and make sure you have your inventory complete before applying.
Your vehicle will need to pass through inward clearance by customs upon its arrival. Customs will check your vehicle to see if it meets the requirements for the removal goods tax exemption, such as:
If you meet the requirements for the removal goods tax exemption, you will receive a certificate of clearance. If you are not eligible, you will be required to pay the BPM tax before you may leave with your vehicle.
Driving a car in the Netherlands with appropriate registration and insurance is illegal. Having a carrier that specializes in importing cars to the Netherlands handle the arrangements will ensure that meet all the requirements to get on the road legally.
All vehicles in the Netherlands are required to have fog lights installed on the rear of the vehicle. As most vehicles outside of the Netherlands do not have these installed by the manufacturer, you will need to arrange for this modification to be made to your vehicle. You can then arrange for an inspection to ensure compliance with all technical and safety requirements.
A1 Auto Transport specializes in international and domestic shipping, with a staff well versed in import and export regulations. Our team of international shipping experts can provide you with a seamless moving experience. We can help with every step of the process, from shipping logistics to paperwork. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation shipping quote.
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
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I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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