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Shipping to the Netherlands from the UK

Are you looking to send packages to The Netherlands? From Amsterdam to Rotterdam, PACK & SEND has the know-how to make sure your package arrives safe and sound, wherever the destination.

With over 30 years experience providing specialist freight forwarding, international shipping and door-to-door packing and delivery services, PACK & SEND understands what’s needed for safe and secure shipping across Europe.

We specialise in the transport of packages of all shapes and sizes – nothing is too large or too awkward. PACK & SEND makes light work of packing and shipping your fragile and valuable items – so you rest easy knowing your package is in capable hands.

Here, you’ll find everything you need to consider when shipping to The Netherlands.

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With a proven track record of delivering packages safely and securely to Europe, you can be sure PACK & SEND will get yours to The Netherlands on time and in perfect condition.  

With a range of packing and shipping services – as well as comprehensive end-to-end tracking of your parcel – you get a packing and delivery service tailored to your needs.  

PACK & SEND manages the entire process for you, from packing your belongings at our service centres, to secure delivery by sea or air. So, your fragile, sentimental, or awkward cargo makes its way to friends, family or clients overseas. 

Whether you’re planning a move to the Netherlands, sending a special gift to loved ones or shipping to international customers, PACK & SEND offers an extensive range of secure packing and shipping solutions to get your goods exported safely and swiftly. 

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When shipping parcels to The Netherlands, make sure you’re up to date with the country’s shipping regulations – as well as those for all EU nations. 

Parcels sent to Europe from the UK are now subject to additional checks, fees and regulations, post-Brexit. Parcels will not only be subject to customs and duty fees, but senders will also have to complete a commercial invoice. This is so customs officials can identify the contents of a package and apply the relevant import duties accordingly. 

Find out how Brexit affects your shipping plans and costs on our dedicated page. And if you’re still unsure, PACK & SEND is always happy to talk you through the right solutions for your packages.  

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Keeping the Paper trail Intact

Items intended as gifts, or any personal effects, are not subject to customs charges, provided they follow the import guidelines for The Netherlands. To see if you qualify for Customs Duty and VAT-free allowance, check the shipping instructions laid out on the UK government website

Some common mistakes when completing customs documentation include: 

  • Not filling in the paperwork correctly (putting information in the wrong place or missing sections entirely) 
  • Trying to send prohibited or restricted items 
  • Being too vague or not providing enough detail on your items – e.g., instead of just saying ‘clothes’, state ‘2x men’s cotton shirts, made in England’ 
  • Sending items without the correct licenses and certificates 

Luckily, PACK & SEND has years of experience navigating Europe’s regional customs regulations. And we work with you to make sure regulations are met, so shipments arrive securely and without delay. 

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In addition to EU regulations, every nation has its own set of import rules when it comes to international parcels – which may differ from other member states. 

It’s important to understand exactly what can be imported, in what quantities and any items that are strictly prohibited. Always check online for size and quantity allowances before sending overseas, as it could result in your goods being destroyed or returned to you at a charge. 

For example, import restrictions to The Netherlands include certain animal and plant products, or currency at the value of 10,000 or more in cash. Counterfeit goods, prescription or illegal drugs and weapons, ammunition and even dummy firearms are also all off-limits. 

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Addressing parcels to The Netherlands is slightly different to domestic UK mail. 

Titles appear on the first line of the address, road names and house numbers appear on the second line, and postcodes (consisting of 4 numbers and 2 letters) – followed by the town or city name – appear on the third line. 

For example: 

MW Robin Van Dam
Katerdijk 23
1234 AB Zwolle 
The Netherlands (NL) 

Round off the address with the destination country, to avoid any delays or mix-ups. 

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Safe Contactless Delivery


PACK & SEND is committed to the safe arrival of your valuable parcels in The Netherlands. 

We always aim to get a signature upon receipt, too – something not all shipping companies offers as standard. This gives you peace of mind of safe delivery. 

Make sure you’re fully covered with PACK & SEND’s comprehensive loss or damage cover. No matter the value of the package, we help you get the right protection for your items. 

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What items are prohibited to send to the Netherlands?

Prohibited goods for import into the Netherlands include; tobacco products, weapons and animal carcasses. A list of prohibited goods for shipment to the Netherlands can be found here – https://www.postnl.nl/en/customer-service/shipment-conditions/. Whilst these goods are prohibited for import, solutions can be found in some circumstances, contact your local service centre for more information.

What ways are there to get an item sent to the Netherlands?

Air and road freight services are used by PACK & SEND to get goods safely shipped to the Netherlands.

How long will my things take to reach the Netherlands?

An estimated 3-4 working days can be expected when shipping goods to the Netherlands. Subject to customs clearance this can change however so delivery times can never be guaranteed.


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