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Dutch Brexit Guidance

The Netherlands has issued Brexit Guidance.

Following the trade agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom, Brexit has brought about new customs procedures that Dutch businesses and individuals must familiarize themselves with. Here are the steps you should take to get ready:

General Customs Preparation

  1. Apply for an EORI Number: If you haven't already, apply for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number. This number is necessary for submitting customs declarations and applying for customs authorizations.

  2. Submit Customs Declarations:

  • Customs Agent: Consider using a customs agent to submit declarations on your behalf. This option can be arranged quickly, typically within a couple of weeks, and requires no additional in-house ICT expertise.

  • Customs Declaration-HUB: Utilize a customs declaration-HUB provided by software providers, which can be set up within a few months but may require some in-house ICT expertise.

  • Declaration Package: Alternatively, opt for a declaration package from a software provider, also available within a few months.

  • Customs-Declaration Software: If you choose to develop your own customs-declaration software, be prepared for a lengthy development process of over a year and requiring significant in-house ICT expertise.

  • Overview of software providers

  1. Electronic Messaging Registration: If submitting your own declarations, ensure you have an Electronic Messaging Registration. You can download the application from relevant authorities.

  2. Customs Authorisations: Determine if you need any specific authorisations for your customs activities and apply for them promptly. The issuance of authorisations can take time. Download here

  3. Other Formalities: Be aware of additional requirements such as inspections for animal products and specific rules for exporting waste materials.

Excise Goods

  • Export to the UK: Transporting excise goods from the Netherlands to the UK after Brexit requires compliance with export declaration procedures.

  • Import from the UK: Receiving excise goods from the UK in the Netherlands after Brexit necessitates import declaration and payment of excise tax.

  • Registered Consignor Authorisation: Holders of this authorization can transport excise goods under an excise duty suspension arrangement (EMCS) to designated locations.

VAT and Other Considerations

  • VAT: Intra-community VAT regulations no longer apply post-Brexit. Purchases from UK suppliers now require import declarations and payment of VAT to Customs.

  • Consider applying for a Vergunning artikel 23 (Article 23 authorisation) from your tax office if you prefer to make a VAT declaration instead of paying directly to Customs.

Additional Resources

  • Brexit Toolkit

Download PDF • 302KB

  • Brexit Flowchart

  • Brexit and the NVWA

By preparing adequately and understanding these new customs procedures, you can navigate the changes brought about by Brexit smoothly. For detailed guidance tailored to your specific situation, consult the provided links and resources or contact relevant authorities.

Download the Guidance

2021 - Jan - NL folder_8 languages
Download PDF • 357KB

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