We have received quite a few fun packages and really appreciate people spending the time and energy to put something in the mail 1/2 way around the world. The surprises are thoughtful and really help to put a smile on our faces. See :-).
That being said the Dutch government is good at a lot of things but one thing they are exceptionally good at is taxes. There is a tax on everything and even though they are marked as “gifts”…there is an import tax on your packages. A big one…75% of your declared value of goods, which we pay when we receive them. The easiest way around this is to keep the declared value of the package below the 22 Euro cutoff point for the import tax. Obviously we know that there was no way for our family and friends in North America to anticipate this but we would really appreciate if you would keep it in mind when shipping in the future.