Updated 6 months ago

So you’ve gotten your visas straightened out, the plane ticket is booked, you’ve got a place arranged, and soon, you’ll be on your way to living in the Netherlands. Moving to the Netherlands can get complicated if you have a lot of furniture you want to take with you, or perhaps a pet.

Finding a removal company is simple enough – the Internet will quickly yield a good list of international removal agencies – but make sure they will come to your house to do a visual inspection before providing an estimate.  Some factors that may affect the estimate include:

  • Origin address – where and whether removers will pack and load your belongings.
  • Destination address in the Netherlands – where removers will unload your belongings. While most companies can move your things from door-to-door, some might only be able to ship your belongings to a warehouse or some other holding facility. This is especially true if you are moving to Amsterdam, where the narrow streets and canals may be restrictive for large vehicles.
  • Volume or weight of your stuff.
  • Type of transportation (by air, train, truck, ship).
  • Nature of the services – terms and conditions – insurance damage.
  • Prices and payment plans.

Check to make sure that the removal company is a member of FIDI, which has strict quality standards to ensure a smooth move. FIDI is an international standard, and a mover certified through FIDI is qualified to handle customs for you; for Americans, RIM certification is also a good thing to look up, as it will ensure that the moving company is permitted to operate within the United Sates.

Be sure to specify whether you will be packaging things and/or dismantling your furniture yourself.  Keep in mind that the electrical outlets in the Netherlands are Type C or Type F and that the standard wall voltage is 230V, which may affect the appliances you can bring.  

Make a list

Make a list of everything you are moving so that you can have an accurate declaration of value.  This may be necessary to get through customs and immigration.  It will also affect the damage insurance policy you can take out and how much you will be compensated in case of damages.


Finally, you must sign the waybill before loading and after delivery of your belongings. The waybill is a document that specifies the terms and conditions of the contract, the mode of transportation, the volume or weight carried by the removal company, the name and address of both customer and carrier. By signing the waybill, you definitely agree to these terms and conditions and give permission to the removal company to go ahead.

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