It’s important to know what not to bring back from the Netherlands as you want to avoid trouble.
Flowers – What Not To Bring From The Netherlands?
Some requirements are stringent in allowing visitors to bring flowers into their country. So if you return from a tour in the Netherlands and bring back bouquets of tulips, make sure your country allows you to bring such flowers.
For example, when you want to bring flowers into the United States, the bouquet must have a sticker that writes, “To the Plant Protection Service of the United States and the Netherlands,”. Along with it must be the date of issuance and the botanical name of the flower.
So, to be sure, if you see a bouquet of flowers without a proper sticker, don’t purchase them. Plus, you have to declare at customs and inspect goods such as vegetables, fruits, etc., or even animal byproducts. Or if you want to bring back seeds, you must have a foreign phytosanitary certificate.
Since the Netherlands’ laws are easier when it comes to cannabis, you might have the intention to bring it back after your visit. But unfortunately, it’s not as simple as you thought, or rather, it’s impossible. Even going to countries that have legalized cannabis, bringing it to another country is still illegal.
Alcohol – What Not To Bring From The Netherlands?
Dutch alcohols such as advocaat, kruidenbitters, and jenever are usually spirits. But no matter how strong the alcohol content of the wine is, it will not affect when bringing them with you when entering the country.
Instead, customs will decide whether to allow alcohol to be brought in or not based on the number of liters. However, there are still quite a few countries that do not allow the import of alcohol in this way. So, research carefully before boarding the plane.
On the other hand, some countries allow carry-on alcohol but must ensure the allowed capacity. If you exceed the limit, you will have to pay additional taxes.
Unlike the goods above, the majority of the Dutch ingredients and food are legal to bring and enter other countries. This contains famous Dutch treats such as stroopwafels, classic Dutch drops, pindakaas, peanut butter, chocolate, etc. However, if you want to bring cheese to other countries, you should vacuum-pack it to make it through customs. You can have cheese shops do it for you since it’s common for international tourists.
Fresh produce can also be brought but to do demands a lot of hassle. First, you have to check the database of authorized items of your intent-to-go country and filter for the Netherlands. You can double-check which access ports permit that item there. Also, remember to check what parts of the item are legal to import and whether you will need an import permit.
Once you’ve accomplished all that, and got your items on the plane, they will require to be declared and checked. It’s a prolonged process and usually isn’t worth the disruption.
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