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Import and export of cultural objects

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Art and antique objects may be qualified as cultural objects. Is some cases these objects may not leave their country of origin, or only may do so with official permission from the authorities. For example, for exhibitions or restorations.

Importing cultural objects

If you want to import cultural objects from outside the European Union into the Netherlands, you must comply with the rules that exist in that country regarding the export of cultural objects.

Exporting cultural objects

If you want to export cultural objects from the Netherlands, you only require a licence if you export them to a country outside the European Union. Moreover, it only concerns cultural objects above a certain value and age. Please contact the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration, Central Import and Export ServiceExternal link (Centrale Dienst voor In- en Uitvoer, CDIU) in order to request an application form for an export licence. The Cultural Heritage Inspectorate (Erfgoedinspectie) subsequently determines whether the licence may be issued.

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency