Moving International to or From the Netherlands

Moving Overseas to or From the Netherlands


When you are preparing for an international move, you start out with tons of questions. What will it be like to live there? What do you want to bring with you? Can I afford to keep all my stuff, or should I leave some of it behind in storage?

For example, the cost to ship a full container from New York City to Amsterdam will be between $6,800-$9,200. Why such a broad range? There are many factors that go into the cost of shipping, including such intangibles as weather delays or interruptions to service.

What do I need to know about importing personal goods to the Netherlands?

First of all, if you are a citizen of another EU country, not only are you free of paying taxes or duty, you will also not need to declare your goods.

For everybody else, you will need to work with an overseas moving company to declare your goods. Your mover will work to obtain the correct import permits and to make the appropriate declarations via the Dutch Customs’ AGS declaration system.

When you arrive, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Passport (with at least six months left before expiration)
  • Detailed, box-by-box inventory of your imported goods (For this shipment, as well as any that are to follow)
  • Proof of residence
  • Residence permit from the Dutch government

Am I permitted to ship my vehicle to the Netherlands?

Yes, and for the most part, you should be able to import your vehicle tax and duty-free as long as:

  • You have lived outside of the Netherlands for at least a year
  • You have owned the vehicle for at least six months
  • You brought the vehicle with you and plan to drive it in the country

In addition, you will need to meet European Technical Standards. For North American vehicles, this will require extensive modifications to steering, acceleration and braking. Vehicles from all countries will likely need to have additional fog lights installed to the rear of their vehicles, as these are standard in the Netherlands but nowhere else.

Many North Americans decide not to bring their vehicles to the Netherlands for this very reason, but you still have the option to do so if you wish.

For any vehicle you bring with you, you must be able to prove that you own it free and clear, that it is registered and insured, and that it can be safely driven according to European Technical Standards.

Can I really get help with my move to the Netherlands?

Three Men and a Truck are movers who specialize in these types of moves. With our team of international shipping experts, we have the knowledge and connections to get you there without a scratch. From customs declarations to 24/7 support, your best move is with Three Men and a Truck. Call us today to learn more.

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Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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