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Art and antique objects may be qualified as cultural objects. In some cases these objects may not leave their country of origin, or may only 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. However, this only applies to cultural objects over a certain value and age. Please contact the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration, Central Import and Export Service (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.
Corona crisis: extending export licence for cultural objects
Did you export cultural objects with a licence? Because of the changes in air and freight traffic due to the coronavirus, it may not always be possible to get these objects back in time. You can apply for an extension of your export licence by sending an email to the Central Import and Export Service (Centrale Dienst voor In- en Uitvoer, CDIU). Make sure you apply in time to meet your obligation for reimportation.