Today's Netherlands was built by its global, seafaring people into a modern and industrial society. As a result of being one of the world's biggest traders today, the Netherlands is a top economic performer in Europe.
And in the area of e-commerce, 14 million of the nation's 17 million people shop and purchase. In 2019, that will account for 14.5 billion USD of revenues, and growing at 7% per year. That can buy you a lot of gouda cheese!.
Information on this page was found from Netherlands Customs and European Union Taxation , as well as from other Dutch government sources.
Easily compare the best and cheapest shipping shipping options to Netherlands through a variety of carriers using Secureship
Secureship provides safe and affordable shipping from Canada to the Netherlands. Whether you are an everyday shopper or a business,
you can easily save up to 50% on your international shipping costs by way of accessing our group buying power.
Shipments through Secureship come with full, easy to read tracking information to Netherlands
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Jan 22, 2020
The Hague, HA, NE
Jan 21, 2020
Rotterdam, RO, NE
Jan 20, 2020
Delft, DE, NE
Jan 20, 2020
Amsterdam, AM, NE
Jan 20, 2020
Toronto, ON, CA
Jan 19, 2020
Ottawa, ON, CA
While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is
important to consult a licensed broker in Netherlands before shipping any goods.
Types of Shipments
Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different
paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Here is a list of the most common types of shipments:
You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear
goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, Fedex, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.
2. Commercial Invoice + an ATA Carnet
This option is great for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.
In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.
ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of this article. You can however, contact your local chamber of commerce and they will be able to guide you along. You can also find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/
In addition to the 2 options listed above, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and VAT free exemption:
The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, allowing for normal wear and tear; maintenance and minor repairs are allowed under certain conditions
Stay no longer than 24 months in the Netherlands
Commercial Invoice clearly stating "Temporary Import" including the return date. This must be written in the General Description section
Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
NOTE: Goods sold and shipped to the Netherlands will incur duty imports and VAT. The range of VAT tariffs can be found
here. If the products are alcoholic beverages or tobacco, then excise taxes will also be applied to them.
Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods
Johannes Vermeer Voldersgracht 21 2611EV Delft Netherlands
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera
Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926 Customs Broker: UPS Date: 19 Jan 2020
Description of Goods
Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export:Permanent/Sold Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time consuming.
So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading
This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel’s destination.
Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels -
These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.
When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.
Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Netherlands. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.
When an item with a COO is imported into Netherlands, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI)
Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise,
it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and
ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.
Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good.
Prohibited & Restricted Imports
Goods entering the Netherlands may be prohibited while others may enter with conditions (they are restricted). Prohibitions and restrictions are in place to protect Dutch citizens and abide by international trade agreements.
Below are abbreviated lists of prohibited or restricted items that Dutch authorities control entering the Netherlands. A complete list of prohibited and restricted items can be found
Weapons, ammunition and explosives
Illicit drugs such as hashish, cocaine, heroin and any drug paraphernalia
Goods made from protected animals
Products made from protected animals and their parts, including:
Products made from protected plants and their parts
Food products: cheese, meat, fish, milk and its byproducts,
Game trophies and animal skins
Cultural goods like antiques and art, and designer jewellery
Import duties and taxes in the Netherlands are calculated based on the sum of the Customs Value, Insurance Amount, and Freight costs (shipping costs). This is known as CIF.
CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs
Using the CIF Value, you can predict how much duty & tax the recipient must pay to the Dutch government to receive their goods.
Some countries have a threshold below which duties and taxes are not charged. This is known as the de minimis value. For the Netherlands, the de miminis for duties is €150 (about $225 CDN) and for the VAT, €22 (about $33 CDN).
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value)
Duty Calculation Method
Based on the CIF
applies to food, medicines,
books, newspapers and magazines, and
agricultural products and
standard rate that
applies to most goods
Tax Exemption (De minimis Value)
Tax Calculation Method
Duties on Imports
Canada has a free trade agreement with the Netherlands via the EU (CETA). As a result, 98% of all trade goods and services between the 2 countries incur no duties.
Rules of origin ensure that CETA preferential tariff rates benefit EU and Canadian production. In order to take full advantage of CETA preferential tariff rates,
traders will need to fulfil the rules of origin defined in the agreement and prescribed for each and every product.
The Commission has developed a practical
Guide to the CETA Rules of Origin
to help you find your way.
Spirits and Wines, Tobacco*0%
Video Games & Consoles0%
Computers & Laptops0%
Accessories for Electronics0%
Beauty Products & Cosmetics0%
Shirts & Pants0%
*Dutch authorities are very strict about importation of tobacco and its products. Shipments of tobacco MUST have a Dutch excise stamp or they will be confiscated.
You can purchase
through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.
Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.
Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.
Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:
Liquids (including alcohol)
Jewelry in excess of $500
Glass or Ceramic
And many more items
For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.
Shipping to the Netherlands from Canada can take between 2-5 business days through the fastest carriers available on the Secureship platform.
More economical services, such as Canada Post, can take up to 2 months to complete the delivery.