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Moving to Amsterdam from USA

International moving services to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a world renowned city for a variety of reasons ranging from Heineken to “Coffee Shops”. But for an international move from the USA to there is so much more to the city not just in terms of the culture and people but also the sights. Moving to Amsterdam from America is pushing yourself to be an expat in a world that is quite different from the USA.

We’ve included a brief guide and some useful information on the process for moving household goods to Amsterdam from your front door here in the US to your new home or residence.

Shipping Your Household Goods to Amsterdam

If you are bringing household goods via our sole container service as part of your relocation, your effects will have a direct shipment to the port of Rotterdam from the U.S. You will need a moving company for Amsterdam and the US like Schumacher Cargo.

*Schumacher Cargo’s locations in the US include Los Angeles, Houston, New York, Savannah and Miami.

Rotterdam is Netherland’s largest port. Once your container arrives it must clear customs and will be transported to a fully bonded warehouse by one of our overseas agents.

At the warehouse, it will be unloaded and prepared for local delivery to your new home.

Distance to Amsterdam from Port: 56.6 mi

This equates to about an hour or so of driving considering the route and things like traffic. So, if you are interested in picking up your household goods as opposed to having them delivered, it will probably take a little extra time.

Most of our clients choose to have their goods professionally delivered to their door.


The first thing that you’ll want to do after moving to Amsterdam is apply for a residence permit depending on your status.

The process can take a little bit of time which is why it is important to get it taken care of sooner rather than later at the local administration offices or Gemeente.

There are multiple to choose from but you’ll need to apply at the one in your district. The Expatcenter is a great resource for relocation information.

Expat Center

World Trade Center F-Tower

Strawlinskylaan 39

1077 XW Amsterdam

020 254 7999

Public Services

Although it’s Holland’s most populous city and most frequented by tourists, Amsterdam is only around 85 sq miles in size; making it very feasible to find a local police station, medical facility or public transportation close by to your new household.


For those that have visited before, the main form of getting around the city is by bicycle. It is bike friendly and extremely accessible.

Public transportation is right around the corner as the city is compact yet has over 230 trams in addition to multiple trains, metro lines, buses and even boats to navigate the canals.

From the central station, you can access the majority of the city center and districts using a combination of the services above. Visit Amsterdam’s transport agency schedules and maps.

Medical Facilities

There are multiple public hospitals quite near to one another. The main location near the city center is:

OLVG Hospital

Eerste Oosterparkstraat 279

1091 Ha Amsterdam

+31 020 599 9111

Things to Do and See

  • Dam Square(the city center)
  • National Maritime, Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum
  • Tour the Heineken factory
  • Walk the red light district
  • See the Anne Frank House

This city has so much to offer and it will be useful to know your new home even before the move to Amsterdam. So what are you waiting for?

Get your free household goods moving quote today!

For further information on any of above, call and discuss your move with one of our Moving Specialists at: 800 599-0190 // 562 408-6677

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Schumacher Cargo Logistics utilizes insured, secured and bonded facilities. We provide warehousing, packing, crating, trucking and loading services out of our own warehouses here in the USA - Los Angeles, Houston, Savannah, Miami, New York, and New Jersey. All other worldwide destinations are covered by our affiliated organization member companies.