Taking food and drinks to the Netherlands

Animal products
Meat and/or dairy products which are for personal use and which have been produced under EU-rules in the UK or have been imported in the UK in compliance with EU-veterinary rules can be taken into the Netherlands.

When travelling from the UK to the Netherlands you may bring in animal products for your own use, except when other provisions apply such as in the event of an outbreak of a contagious animal disease.

Excise Goods
Introducing excise goods is subject to certain restrictions.

You can import the following quantities of excise goods into the Netherlands from the UK without having to pay tax:
- 110 litres of beer
- 90 litres of wine
- 20 litres of fortified wine, such as sherry or port
- 10 litres of spirits
- 800 cigarettes
- 400 cigarillos or cigars
- 1 kilogram of smoking tobacco
If the goods you bring in do not exceed these quantities, Customs will assume that they are for your own use. In that case, you will not be required to file a declaration.

If the goods you bring with you to the Netherlands exceed these quantities, you will have to demonstrate that the goods are for your own use. If you are unable to do so, you will have to declare them to Customs and pay excise duty. You can obtain the form required for that purpose by calling the Customs Information Line (+ 31 45 574 30 31).

Customs will check whether these regulations are complied with. If you fail to observe these regulations, Customs may confiscate the goods and issue you with a fine.

Click here to find more information about the Dutch Customs