Dutch Export Import and Foreign Trade

Dutch Export Import and Foreign Trade

Netherlands economy is heavily based on foreign trade; third largest world exporter of agricultural and market gardening products. The location of the Netherlands is a perfect place for this because it gives the country easy access to the markets in UK and Germany. This is majorly helped by the location of the Rotterdam port, which is also the largest port in Europe. Major trading partners (exports/imports)--EU (76%/56%), Germany (24.2%/19.7%), Belgium (12.6%/10.5%), China (1%/7.6%), United Kingdom (9.2%/6.3%), and U.S. (4.5%/8.2%). The Dutch are strong proponents of free trade and the staunchest allies of the U.S. in international fora such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the OECD.

As an exporter, you will find that there is a lot of opportunity for exporting in the Netherlands. With a thriving economy that is works primarily to produce and process items that are in high demand outside the country, it is one the best places in Europe to start and exporting business. Any internationally active business will be helped by the strategic location of the country. This is especially true if you want to mimic the main trading traffic of the country and trade mainly with the UK and Germany. Of course, that can be a very good idea because these are markets that have already been penetrated. So you will have some credibility to begin with.

When it comes to importing items, it is best to import items that are related to the manufacturing and refining process. This would include items that are used in the agricultural sectors. Items that would increase the productivity of the individual industries would be highly coveted by the business owners. So first you have to study the market and figure out exactly where there are pent up demands. Also look for areas that are under-satisfied.

Schiphol Airport; a major Logistic Company closely work in Import and Export such as loading and unloading vehicles, stacking and wrapping of pallets, repacking pallets for distribution to the end user clients.

Within the European Union

The import and export of goods is governed by rules. When you are flying from a destination within the European Union and to a destination within the European Union, there are no restrictions with regard to the amount of articles that you are allowed to import. For all the countries of the European Union (EU) free traffic of goods is possible in principle. Free import to passengers arriving with goods purchased within the E.U. which are for personal use only. The following rules apply:

The maximum allowances that you can carry tax-free are:

Outside the European Union

If you travel from the Netherlands to a country outside the EU or vice versa and you take goods with you, then it is possible that you will have to pay customs and excise duties and BTW. The amount and value of the goods is the important factor here.

The maximum allowed quantities of tax-free articles are (for 17-year-olds and above):

For all other (imported) goods a maximum total value of € 175,- per person applies. If this maximum value is exceeded, then on return to the Netherlands, customs duties and BTW will have to be paid on the excess amount.


Products of animal origin, not originating from an EU member state, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland, are not permitted to be imported into an EU Member state, with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries. For full details, please see or refer to the website of the European Union, http://europa.eu/

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