Netherlands Import Restrictions

In order to enter Netherlands, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Netherlands government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Netherlands, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Netherlands.

Netherlands Import Regulations

Import regulations

Senders should determine import restrictions from Netherlands authorities before posting:


  • Animals and animal products
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Foodstuffs, prepared
  • Hemp
  • Hides and skins, raw
  • Narcotics
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Precious metal products
  • Seeds
  • Vegetables and plant products
  • Weapons.

Special documentation requirements

Netherlands has no current requirements for special documentation.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Netherlands prohibits:

  • Animals and animal products
  • Animal and vegetable fats, oils
  • Firearms and firearm parts
  • Imitation and pirated products
  • Knives
  • Lottery tickets and advertising, unauthorised
  • Mineral products
  • Products of chemicals or allied substances
  • Photographic or cinematographic products
  • Plastics and articles thereof
  • Printed articles; books and newspapers- offensive by nature
  • Pearls, precious stones and metals
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts
  • Tobacco
  • Vegetable products

Transporting food of any kind is prohibited under ECI Platinum.

You may also like...