According to the Dutch government, The Netherlands is one of South Africa’s major trading partners. With Dutch business well-represented in the country, operating around the customs requirements of the two countries is critical. Please read below for the latest customs information when shipping to the Netherlands.
Sending items to the Netherlands – General Advice
For all shipments to the Netherlands, the following Customs ID numbers are required: EORI, Tax ID number.
Alert DHL if the shipment value exceeds the Advisory Value Limit (USD50,000.00). Undervaluation will lead to fines and delay of shipments.
Maximum parcel dimensions: length 120.0 cm (47.0 inches), height 160.0 cm (62.0 inches), width 100.0 cm (39.0 inches).
Maximum weight per shipment: 1,000.0 kg (2,200.0 lb). Maximum weight per piece: 1,000.0 kg (2,200.0 lb).
Non-standard Customs Services such as Multi-Line Entry clearance, Bonded Storage, Clearance Authorisation, Post Clearance Modification and Bonded Transit Documents are chargeable under standard billing terms and paid by the receiver. Proforma invoices are accepted.
To prevent clearance delays, mention the following information on the import invoice: Commodity Code (aka HS code), Incoterms®, and freight charges.
Shipments without authorisation can be returned to origin.
Prohibited items which cannot be sent under any circumstances to the Netherlands include:
These are in addition to the following commodities which are not accepted by DHL under any circumstances. A list of these can be found here.
Please ask your local DHL Customer Service representative prior to shipping any of the following items:
Please note the following advice:
Undervaluation will lead to fines.
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