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Customs declaration when moving with personal items.

Old Aug 16th 2020, 10:56 am
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Hi folks,
Does anyone have experience of customs declaration requirements when moving to the Netherlands from a non-EU country?
We've just got some rugs and personal effects in excess luggage, but have read somewhere that these need to be declared on entry.
Will any documentation be asked for?
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Old Aug 17th 2020, 7:48 am
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This Dutch page of Customs specifies that you can bring items up to EUR 430 per person into the Netherlands (from outside the EU) without having to pay duty. https://www.belastingdienst.nl/wps/w...s-buiten-de-eu
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I am not familiar with Benelux customs rules, but many countries typically allow migrants to bring their household personal effects with them duty free. It varies how long you have had to own them for, but I think the US says 12 months and the UK 6 months, or it might be the other way around.

Anyway, in practice it can be hard to tell, on inspection, how long you have owned something, unless it is something like a car, which is registered, or some new piece of electronics, if it was only put on sale shortly before you moved. If you ship something in its original, unopened packaging that might trigger questions by customs.
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Old Aug 18th 2020, 2:43 pm
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Thanks for the input, much appreciated. Think on arrival we'll just declare we have some stuff and see what they say.
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