First of all, I am so confused by this whole process. A year ago, during my visit to the Netherlands, I brought nothing, but when I came back, I brought alcohol and cheese, but I did not bring it back. I had never stated and I had no problem.
That being said, this time I will travel from New York to Amsterdam in a few weeks. I want to take Indian spices with me. I do not need them in my luggage, I would like to save them. First, are there any restrictions on that? I already have the spices and the containers were opened, would I need to put them in a specific container type? In addition, do I have to declare these items on the customs form in the Netherlands?
What about fish sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce or Indian chutneys? Can I still pack the package even if the package has been opened? Will I have to put it in a special container and do I have to declare it to customs?
And last thing: can I bring sugar on checked baggage and do I have to declare it? And again, is it important if the package has already been opened?