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Moving to the Netherlands

What you need to know about shipping to the Netherlands

Moving to the NetherlandsGot a new job overseas, or going on an adventure? Are you leaving New Zealand and moving to the Netherlands?

Our team of moving experts are here to help! As an experienced shipping company, here at Transworld we provide a door-to-door service, where we can help you with all your shipping needs every step of the way.

To help with your transition to your new home in the Netherlands, we’ve put together useful tips and advice around:

  1. Shipping options
  2. Netherlands customs
  3. What you can and can’t take


Shipping your personal belongings: your options

There are a few freight options when it comes to shipping to the Netherlands.

Here are a few points to consider before making your shipping choice:

  1. How much do you want to ship?
  2. What’s your budget?
  3. How fast do you want your goods to arrive?

FCL: shipping a large household

When shipping to the Netherlands, full-container-load is the best option for those who intend on shipping their entire household. Furniture, kitchenware; the lot.

Key benefits:

  1. Large capacity: if you have a lot of belongings and wish to bring them all with you, FCL is your best option as you can fill the container to the brim.
  2. Fast delivery: as this is a non-shared container, it won’t have to go to various locations to be filled. Once it’s packed it will be on its away!
  3. Broad shipping locations: at Transworld, we take pride in our large range of shipping locations. The FCL option arrives at most major Netherlands ports.

Groupage: sharing is caring

Options for Shipping to the NetherlandsFor those of you who only have small amount of belongings, the groupage option may be the best choice for you. This will mean you will share your container with others moving to the Netherlands.

Keep in mind however that this option will take a little longer.

Key benefits:

  1. Economical: on a groupage basis, you only have to pay for the space you use, so it is more cost-effective.
  2. Flexible freighting: groupage is flexible as you get to choose how much space you use. A few boxes? Sweet. A small household? No worries.
  3. Ships to most ports: as always, as a reliable shipping company, we strive to make your move as easy as possible. Which is why we ship to most major Netherlands ports.

Air Freight: the fast choice

When shipping to the Netherlands, the fastest option is to send your items by air. If you require some, or all of your belongings upon immediate arrival in the Netherlands this is the best choice.

Please keep in mind however, while this may be convenient, it is also rather costly.

Key benefits:

  1. A fast choice: flying your belongings by air is much faster than shipping them, so your items will arrive in the Netherlands very quickly.
  2. Perfect for a few essential items: if you require some of your items upon immediate arrival in the Netherlands, air freight is the best choice for you.
  3. Broad delivery range: at Transworld, on an air freight basis, we deliver your belongings to most major Netherlands airports.


How long will shipping take?

Just as each of these freighting options vary in size and cost, shipping duration also vary:

  1. FCL: If you’re shipping a full-container to the Netherlands, it will take approximately 8-9 weeks to arrive.
  2. Groupage: Due to the sharing nature of groupage shipping, this option will take approximately 12 weeks.
  3. Air Freight: The fastest option is to fly your items. Shipping your items to the Netherlands by air will take approximately 2-3 weeks.

Want to know how much shipping to the Netherlands costs? Get a free quote!

Customs and quarantine

Netherlands Customs and QuarantineAs part of our service, we take care of all Customs and Quarantine formalities you need to complete for shipping your belongings and moving to the Netherlands.

What we take care of:

  1. Quarantine inspection
  2. Supply you with the correct paperwork
  3. Compile an inventory of your items

What we need from you:

  1. Copy of your passport
  2. Statement of your intended length of stay
  3. Copy of your Visa


Shipping to the Netherlands: what you can and can’t take

Prohibited and restricted items

Netherlands Prohibited and Restricted ItemsWhen moving overseas, no matter the destination, there are strict rules on what you can and cannot pack.

The following is a guideline for shipping to the Netherlands.

Prohibited items:

  1. Flammable items such as petroleum, matches, etc.
  2. Live plants or animals (except pets with a permit)
  3. Any animal products such as meat or dairy
  4. Drugs, unlicensed guns or indecent material

Restricted items that require a permit:

  1. Vehicles
  2. Pets
  3. Imitation guns
  4. Alcohol

Shipping firearms and weapons

If you need to ship any firearms or weapons to the Netherlands, such as hunting equipment for example, there are strict regulations.

To do so, you will require a permit, license, and written permission and certificate from the police. At Transworld, we are experts in this process and can help you with every step required.

All other dangerous items such as BB guns, daggers and knives are strictly prohibited.

Shipping cars and vehicles

In order to ship your vehicles to the Netherlands, you will need copies of your passport and license and proof of documentation that you are the owner and user of the vehicle (e.g. invoices).

Here are a few things to be aware of:

  1. You will need a registration card, certificate of residence and insurance certificate
  2. Upon arrival in the Netherlands you will need to change your license
  3. You will be required to pay taxes to import your vehicle
  4. In order to qualify to ship your vehicle you must have owned it for at least 6 months

Taking your pets with you

Shipping Pets to the NetherlandsWhen moving overseas, there are a few formalities and regulations to take into consideration when you plan to bring your pet with you.

To ensure your pet is eligible for moving to the Netherlands, follow these guidelines:

  1. Get your pet microchipped
  2. Get a veterinary certificate within 7 days of their flight
  3. Book your pet into the compulsory quarantine
  4. Obtain an animal import permit

Transworld: a personal, door-to-door service

Moving overseas and shipping your belongings is made easy at Transworld. With an experienced team member by your side every step of the way, you will have your household packed and on its way in no time.

Our team will help you with all formalities and documentation you may be unsure of, and make sure your transition to moving to the Netherlands, as stress-free as possible.

Moving to the Netherlands, but unsure of shipping formalities and regulations? Our experienced team at Transworld will assist you every step of the way. Give us a call today for a free quote!


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