Moving your household to the Netherlands will be full of challenges and pitfalls, and partnering with an experienced international moving company to the Netherlands like SDC International Shipping will help you overcome many of those problems.
International Household Moving to the Netherlands
Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht Maastricht, the Netherlands is full of great places to live, and it’s no surprise that many Americans choose it as their destination for international relocation. Moving from the US to the Netherlands, most will want to bring their personal goods and effects and other household items with them. The Netherlands is a cycling country, bring a bike, bring several (but not new, they might incur a tax).
Take your American furniture with you. Typically it is of high quality and can be purchased at prices unavailable in the Netherlands. Many European tourists hire SDC International Shipping to ship furniture they purchase in the US while on vacation back to Europe for them. They can’t resist the value and quality and neither should you.
Moving to the Netherlands has long been a specialty of SDC International Shipping. Your household will be moved to the Netherlands while both your belongings are protected. Most table stands and bed legs are carefully disassembled and wrapped. All wood furniture will be wrapped with special pads (cardboard, cloth or both) to minimize scratches along the way. Our movers will reassemble in the Netherlands.
You will want to take your personal effects with you. For your fragile items, you should rely on SDC’s professional packing service rather than packing by yourself as items that you pack yourself can’t be insured against damage. Special boxes are available for artwork and mirrors. Custom crates can be built for unusually shaped items or particularly valuable possessions that will protect your special items.
Most appliances should be left behind, and most electronics can be taken. Keep in mind that many European appliances are much smaller than their American counterparts, so if you are moving with a family, consider finding an American washing machine that will work in the Netherlands (only do this if you already know where you will live and can verify that it will fit). Refrigerator, dishwasher, etc. should be purchased in The Netherlands. The vast majority of electronics should work in the Netherlands, just check to see if the electricity input of your device has 110/220 v capabilities (typically it is written something like “Input 100 – 240V”). This includes most TVs, computer monitors, and even many modern vacuum cleaners. If you’re unsure, your relocation specialist should be able to check for you.
International Car Shipping to the Netherlands
You can ship your car (or motorcycle!) to the Netherlands, in most cases without import duties. Please ensure that your car is at least six months old and registered to you. Newer cars are subject to 21% VAT. Your name needs to appear on the vehicle’s title and registration, which will need to be provided prior to picking up your vehicle for shipment. You need to obtain your Netherlands residency before obtaining your local vehicle license plates.
The method for sending your vehicle to the Netherlands will vary according to your point of origin, destination and the remainder of your shipment. Sometimes your vehicle will be sent with your goods, sometimes as a separate shipment.
Netherlands Customs and Regulations
As a part of the EU, most of The Netherlands’s customs laws are largely governed by the official European Customs Union policy. This website provides current official policies of the Belastingdeinst (Netherlands customs authority). In addition, it is a good idea to call the closest Netherlands consulate for clarifications of any specific questions you have.
Usually, there are few problems importing used goods to the Netherlands, and as long as what you are shipping is legal and belongs to you, it should not be difficult to import your goods. It is necessary to prepare an inventory of your shipment that is thorough and accurate. SDC International Shipping’s professional packing services will prepare this list for you if you select packing. In any case, it is ultimately the sender’s responsibility to ensure that the inventory accurately reflects what is in the shipment. It is important to put the time into making an accurate inventory for your shipment’s damage insurance if you choose to purchase it.
Most new goods will be taxed at the standard 21% VAT rate.
You might be using a mold inhibiting product or humidity preventing measure without knowing it if you use crating or pallets from readily available materials. These will need to be declared and must conform to the Netherlands regulations. SDC International Shipping provides packaging materials that are suitable for international shipments and conform to all EU regulations.
Commercial shipments require an EORI number (Economic Operators Registration and Identification). This number is valid throughout the European Union but should be obtained from the Netherlands if you are shipping there. Mixed cargo needs to be declared.
Moving to the Netherlands Checklist
Ready to move to the Netherlands? Soon SDC International Shipping will come to load your personal belongings and put them on a boat to cross the sea. It’s time to double check that you have prepared everything you need:
- Shipment inventory. BPM declaration
- Residency permits are not required for relocation but will be necessary to work in the Netherlands. BSN (roughly equivalent to social security number) which is necessary for everything in the Netherlands, must be obtained from the local municipality (Gemeente).
- Personal documents for the whole family (birth certificates, passport, marriage or divorce certificates, driver’s license, medical records)
- Diplomas, professional certificates of qualifications and degrees.
- Pets require health and vaccination certification
International Shipping Options
Home to Europe’s largest port in Rotterdam, shipments to the Netherlands can usually reach their destination in a reasonable time frame. Working with SDC International Shipping will open up different options for international shipping, but sea shipping is the way to the Netherlands. A detailed examination of your shipping needs will help us decide upon what makes the most sense for you.
Options include less than full container loads, full container loads (20’ or 40’ containers), oversized freight for special items that don’t fit into containers, and air shipments.
SDC International Shipping is a large relocation service provider and sends containers to Rotterdam on a regular basis, and it can offer its clients the ability to send almost any sized shipment. Have you decided to add a few more items? Perhaps you are concerned that everything won’t fit into a single container? Not a problem. SDC has you covered and will get any sized shipment to the Netherlands in an efficient fashion.
Timing is always an important factor in choosing your shipping options. With storage facilities on both sides of the Atlantic, SDC International Shipping will work with you to time your delivery. To get shipments delivered to your destination quickly, it is necessary to order shipping as early as possible. However, if you want to take advantage of your relocation to do a grand tour of Europe or visit family and friends in the US before you depart, SDC International Shipping will plan your move with our shipping options that will make the most sense for you.