Customs duties on import

When importing goods, you have to deal with customs formalities, regulations and taxes.

Importing from a country that is a member of the EU

Importing goods from EU member states is known as 'Intra-Community acquisition of goods'. There are no longer fiscal borders within the EU except for excise goods such as tobacco, alcoholic products, mineral oils, sugar and suger-based products. Products from any of the 15 EU member states can be transported within the EU without any customs formalities. This means that you only have to deal with the Inland Revenue.

Import duties in case of importing from a country outside the EU (third countries)

You have to pay VAT and import duties on all goods that you bring into the Netherlands from the so-called third countries. Excise duties are also payable on products such as tobacco, alcoholic products, mineral oils, sugar and sugar-based products.

For more information please contact the Chamber of Commerce.

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