Shipping to The Netherlands

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Customs House Brokerage

Local contact options

Contact mycustomsNL@maersk.com to include one of our Customs House Brokerage products in your supply chain.

Our Customs Team are always happy to answer any query you may have in relation to customs clearance, one of our licenced customs brokers can be contacted on mycustomsNL@maersk.com.

Core products

Import Customs Clearance Transit Documents
Standard Full Customs Declaration, paying Duty & VAT upon arrival in the country in scope to gain release of the cargo for onward delivery. A transit document allows the free movement of containers through European territories, suspending the payment of Duty and VAT until the destination.
  • Import customs clearance
  • Simplified customs clearance
  • Customs & sanitary inspections
  • T1
  • T2L (EU origin) issuing + clearance

Additional Custom House Brokerage services

  • Customs Quick Health Scan – A high level risk & control assessment of the customers business highlighting potential gaps and providing support and solutions where required.
  • Peak Volume Management Programme – Assistance with daily Customs House Brokerage activities when the customer needs it most.
  • Origin and Free Trade Agreements – Awareness & guidance on FTA’s & preferential origins.
  • Classification Management – An overview of current Classification Databases or a Full End-to-end Reclassification Programme from our trained specialists.

* Costs will vary depending on the type of business, size & requirement – please refer enquiries to Damco/Maersk.

What is required to complete Customs House Brokerage?

Signed Direct Representation Authorisation / Power of Attorney (POA)

Signed by the Trader & on Company Letter Headed paper. This grant’s permission for Damco to complete CHB on behalf of the Trader and provides the required details to enable internal account creation.

Mandatory documents required:

  • Signed Direct Representation Authorisation / POA
  • Commercial invoice(s)
  • Packing list(s)
  • Classification Number / HS code
  • Copy of the Bill of Lading

Additional documents (where applicable)

  • Licences
  • Health Certificates
  • Preference Certificates

EORI Number

The trader must have a valid EORI and VAT number to hold a solid audit trail with customs authority and tax office & to be eligible to claim back any potential VAT paid.

* Originals to be submitted to Damco where necessary

Disclaimer

  • HS code provided by Customer
  • Not included: Phyto documentation/inspections; Health Certificate; Scanning; Physical inspections; drayage, port charges, demurrage and detention, port transit documentation, classification or additional consultancy services
  • Subject to Damco Trading Conditions
  • Use of Damco deferment Account is subject of capital advance fees

FAQs

Q: What is the Pricing / Cost of these services?
A: Pricing is dependent on the service package you choose. Please contact our office to discuss which option is right for you

Q: What can hold up my Customs Clearance?
A: A variety of reasons can hold up a clearance, to name a few but not limited to, would be awaiting mandatory documents, awaiting payment, Customs Holds, Port Authority Holds and Vessel delays

Q: What is an EORI Number and how do I get one?
A: An EORI (Economic Operators Registration & Identification System) Number is a unique reference number issued by Customs to the Importer and is required to import goods from outside the EU. This is a one-time application, more information can be found upon https://www.belastingdienst.nl/wps/wcm/connect/nl/douane_voor_bedrijven/content/wat-is-een-eori-nummer

Q: What is a Deferment Account?
A: A deferment account is an account registered with customs, which allows the customer to make Duty & VAT payments in a secure way. This initiates a smoother, quicker customs clearance, avoiding additional delays.

Q: What if I do not have a Deferment Account?
A:Customer can apply for their own account by contacting the Dutch customs authority directly or contact Damco at at MyCustomsNL@Maerks.com to seek approval to use theirs. This is subject to a % transactional charge, and credit checks may be required

Q: What is a classification number HS Code?
A: A classification number is a unique 10-digit code that relates to a specific product and determines the amount of Duty payable. The Trade Tariff link can provide help and useful tips to enable the customer to classify their products. https://tarief.douane.nl/arctictariff-public-web/#!/taric/nomenclature/sbn?sd=14-5-2019&d=I&cc=&l=nl&ql=nl&ea=false

Q: Why do I need to provide a classification number HS Code?
A: As the importer/Exporter it’s your legal responsibility to ensure classification of your products are correct. However, if you’re unsure please do not hesitate to contact Damco at MyCustomsNL@Maersk.com, who can assist you in an advisory capacity.

Q: How will I know when my shipment has cleared customs?
A: Our team at MyCustomsNL@maersk.com will email the customer with clearance paperwork as soon as the shipment has been released from customs

Q: Who can I contact regarding my Customs Clearance?
A: Please contact MyCustomsNL@Maersk.com

Q:Who will invoice me for my Customs Clearance?
A:Damco NL will raise your invoice for all your customs clearance activities.

Q: I have a query regarding my Customs Clearance Invoice, who can I contact?
A: 
Please contact MyCustomsNL@Maersk.com

Abbreviations & Explanations

CHB = Customs House Brokerage
VAT = Value Added Tax
HTS = Harmonized Tariff Schedule
EORI = Economic Operators’ Registration and Identification
HTS = Harmonized Tariff Schedule
AEO = Authorized Economic Operator
POA = Power of Attorney
T1 = Transit Document which allows the movement of non-EU commodity between two customs offices (EU)
T2L = Document which proofs the EU status

Demurrage

Effective Date: 01/04/2018

Expiry Date: Until further notice

Freetime and charges per container per calendar day (i.e. including week-ends and holidays) after freetime expires. Start date and end date are included in the calculation.

Notes:

  • Shipper’s Own Container is considered as equivalent to corresponding container type
  • 40´ High and 45´ High containers are considered equal to 40´
  • Special equipment/cargo, such as Flat Racks and Open Top equipment, is considered equal to reefer freetime and tariff
  • Shipper’s owned tank with DRY cargo follows freetime & rate of Dry equipment
  • Shipper’s owned tank with IMO cargo follows freetime & rate of IMO
  • For special deals: Please bear in mind that the calculation method of charges for special deals (free-time granted > tariff free-time) is ‘progressive’ and the leadoff rate slap(s) will be reduced by the number of days in excess of tariff free-time.
  • NOR (non-operating reefer) is considered as Dry Container
  • D&D product is split demurrage & detention, where demurrage is an all-inclusive rate (storage, plug-in, equipment rent on quay)

Visit the surcharge definition glossary

Dry Containers (Seaports)

  20’ 40’ & 45’
Day 1 to 3 Free - Day of discharge and gate-out full at port included
Day 4 to 10 50 EUR 70 EUR
Day 11 to 17 65 EUR 90 EUR
Day 18 onwards 90 EUR  130 EUR 

Dry Containers (Inland terminals)

20’ 40’ & 45’
Day 1 to 3 Free - Day of gate-in full and gate-out full at inland terminal included
Day 4 to 10 50 EUR 70 EUR
Day 11 to17 65 EUR 90 EUR
Day 18 onwards  90 EUR 130 EUR

Reefer and IMO Containers (Seaports)

  20’ 40’ & 45’
Day 1 to 3 Free - Day of discharge and gate-out full at port included
Day 4 to 10 140 EUR 140 EUR
Day 11 to 17 160 EUR 160 EUR
Day 18 onwards 220 EUR  220 EUR 

Reefer and IMO Containers (Inland terminals)

20’ 40’ & 45’
Day 1 to 3 Free - Day of gate-in full and gate-out full at inland terminal included
Day 4 to 10 140 EUR 140 EUR
Day 11 to 17 160 EUR 160 EUR
Day 18 220 EUR 220 EUR

Detention

Effective Date: 01/04/2018

Expiry Date: Until further notice

Freetime and charges per container per calendar day (i.e. including week-ends and holidays) after freetime expires. Start date and end date are included in the calculation.

Notes:

  • 40´ High and 45´ High containers are considered equal to 40´
  • Special equipment/cargo, such as Flat Racks and Open Top equipment, is considered equal to reefer freetime and tariff
  • For special deals: Please bear in mind that the calculation method of charges for special deals (free-time granted > tariff free-time) is ‘progressive’ and the leadoff rate slap(s) will be reduced by the number of days in excess of tariff free-time.
  • Detention is invoiced based on tariff of empty return location
  • NOR (non-operating reefer) is considered as Reefer Container
  • D&D product is split demurrage & detention, where demurrage is an all-inclusive rate (storage, plug-in, equipment rent on quay) 

Visit the surcharge definition glossary

Dry Containers (Pick up per truck)

20’ 40’ & 45’
Day 1 to 3 Free - Day of gate-out full and gate-in empty included
Day 4 to 10 45 EUR 55 EUR
Day 11 to 17 65 EUR 85 EUR
Day 18 onwards 75 EUR  95 EUR 

Dry  Containers (Pick up per rail / barge)

20’ 40’ & 45’
Day 1 to 5 Free - Day of gate-out full and gate-in empty included
Day 6 to 12 45 EUR 55 EUR
Day 13 to 19 65 EUR 85 EUR
Day 20 onwards 75 EUR  95 EUR 

Reefer Containers (Pick up per truck)

20’ 40’
Day 1 to 3 Free - Day of gate-out full and gate-in empty included
Day 4 to 10 85 EUR 105 EUR
Day 11 to 17 105 EUR 130 EUR
Day 18 onwards 115 EUR  140 EUR 

Reefer Containers (Pick up per rail / barge)

20’ 40’
Day 1 to 5 Free - Day of gate-out full and gate-in empty included
Day 6 to 12 85 EUR 105 EUR
Day 13 to 19 105 EUR 130 EUR
Day 20 onwards 115 EUR  140 EUR 

For previous demurrage and detention tariff, please click here.

Contact us

If you want to speak to a sales person about a new shipment or if you have a question about your existing shipment, you can email us and we will respond within the next two days. If you have a more immediate question, you can search for help online.