The Netherlands is the fourth most densely populated country in the world, and the sixth largest economy. Many people move to the Netherlands for their high-quality of life, world-class health care system, and growing economy.
If you are moving from the UK to the Netherlands, you may want to bring your vehicle or personal goods with you. How can you import a vehicle into the country?
When it comes to importing your belongings to the Netherlands, there are several factors to consider. This guide will help make importing a vehicle from the UK to the Netherlands a smooth and easy process.
Here’s what you need to know:
Can I Import my Personal Items to the Netherlands?
Yes. As an added bonus, the Netherlands does not charge duty or taxes on imports of personal items from other EU-countries. Due to Brexit, the UK’s inclusion in many such policies is still under negotiation with individual member countries. Fixed guidance is expected by January 2021. Please contact the local custom officials for the latest guidance on the import of household goods or vehicles from the UK to the Netherlands.
How Do I Import a Vehicle to the Netherlands?
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:
- The vehicle is being imported as part of your personal effects.
- You intend to use the vehicle in the country.
- You bought and used the vehicle at least six months prior to your move to the Netherlands.
- You lived in another country at least 12 months before you moved to the Netherlands.
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 leaving 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, 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.
Is it Expensive to Move to the Netherlands?
It doesn’t have to be expensive to move to the Netherlands. You will have numerous options for transporting your personal belongings, including air, ground, and sea freight. The best option is to contract with a transport company that specializes in finding the best way to move, at the best price.
Don’t Stress Out. Hire A Shipping Company
At A-1 Auto Transport, we understand how overwhelming it can be to handle the complex requirements for shipping a vehicle or moving overseas. Fortunately, A-1 Auto Transport has a top-notch team of international shipping experts ready to make your import or export easy and painless.
If you’re planning to ship a vehicle from the UK to the Netherlands, look no further than A-1 Auto Transport. Complete the form at the top of this page to receive a free overseas shipping quote. You can also get in contact with our international shipping specialists or give us a call. Our experts will walk you through your options for overseas transport and assist you with all the paperwork, helping you achieve a carefree moving experience.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.