Country page The Netherlands
1. Exporting from the Netherlands
Opportunities in Internationalisation
Opportunities to exporting
Introduction to exporting by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.
First steps abroad
For entrepreneurs who want to start to orient themselves on the international market.
App for exporting
An app for starting and more experienced entrepreneurs. The app gives up-to-date country information , relevant rules and regulations, and opportunities in countries.
Checklist for exporters
Evofenedex is a private association of Dutch exporters and other internationally operating companies.
The website is an initiative of the Dutch International Business Network. It offers guides on improting and exporting, activity calendar, and reports.
Step-by-step plan for internationalisation
In 10 steps entrepreneurs are prepared to go abroad. The steps don’t need to be followed chronologically but all steps need to be prepared inorder to develop an export plan.
Services and education for getting international
Possibilities for collaboration with Higher Education Institution for research, advice, courses, internships and projects.
Gives advice to your business, from ensuring that your views are heard within government to opening doors for new opportunities in local, national and international markets. Provides critical business advice, services and skills development.
Supporting your company´s internationalisation in over 50 countries.
Market and Marketing Analysis
For information on foreign markets and finding reliable partners, agents and distributors.
Market opportunities around the world
Information about entering a market abroad for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Join a trade mission.
International trade fairs and shows
Calender of international trade shows
Data on foreign markets
On the country pages there is information on trade regulation, sectors, trade data and subsidies.
Market Access Database of the European Union
Logistics and Transportation
General information on logistics
The knowledge base of the Dutch logistics and transport sector
Terms of delivery
Terms of delivery in INCOTERMS 2010
When the seller and the buyer contract for trade, they have to agree on certain issues, e.g. goods, their specification, price, terms of payment and delivery of the goods from the seller to the buyer.
Insurances of transportation
Library of all necessary information to organize the logistics.
Information on insurances
Dutch organization for expedition and logistics have a database to find suitable shipping agents
Atradius Export credit guarantees
Check financial status of client
Company export credit guarantees against credit losses and for financing exports.
General information on financing the transactions
Check the financial health of your business partners
Dutch Trade and Investment Fund (DTIF)
Risk and Insurances
Customs and export document
Laws for international trade.
If exporting to outside the customs union of the EU, a declaration must be submitted.
Information about customs and documents needed.
standard EU rules and links to VAT rules of EU member states
Other Important Issues
Social and Environmental responsibility issues
Corporate Social Responsible (CSR) in international business. Tools for engaging in CSR abroad.
2. Exporting to the Netherlands
Doing Business in The Netherlands
Standard steps of importing into the Netherlands
Is there a market for my products?
Does my product meet commercial and legal requirements?
What are effective distribution channels for my product?
What promotion activities are effective for my product?
How can I find the right business partner?
VAT, customs and excice
Information on doing business in the Netherlands, starting and running your business.
The Dutch Chamber of Commerce has a complete description of the steps of importing into the Netherlands
Information is provided by Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Statistics Netherlands Organisation (CBS)
Open database of national statistics
Products bearing the CE marking can be traded in the EEA without restrictions.
The Dutch Chamber of Commerce advices on how to do business in the Netherlands.
The English-language Point of Single Contact (PSC) for resident and foreign entrepreneurs, who want to establish a business or do business in the Netherlands.
A service provider platform, covering all aspects and functions required by a business to establish and operate in the Netherlands.
Information for foreign entrepreneurs who are not established in the Netherlands.
Doing business in the Netherlands in general
The World Bank provides information about doing business in different countries. In this link you will find general information about doing business in the Netherlands: different data related to starting a business in The Netherlands, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, etc.