Export Opportunities for U.S. Businesses
KEY TRADE INDICATORS
9th in Import of
in GDP in
70% of Dutch
ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
The United States’ partnership with the Netherlands is its oldest continuous relationship. The Netherlands is a key center within the global business network with an advanced infrastructure geared towards the transportation of goods, people, and electronic data. Its core distribution points include Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, the fourth largest in Europe. Over 170 million consumers reside within a 300-mile radius of Rotterdam. The Netherlands has capitalized on its location and advanced economy to become one of the top dozen trading countries in the world.
TOP INDUSTRY EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES
Computer and Communications Equipment
The demand for hardware is increasing. In 2013, demand for hardware increased by 6.5 percent. There are opportunities in the following areas: network equipment, data equipment, data centers, wireless, servers and mainframes, mobile devices, and mobile accessories. Organizations are seeking more ‘green’ solutions as they would like to become more energy efficient.
Marine Supplies, Pleasure, Merchant Wholesalers
There are 521,000 boats presently in use. Polyester boats, especially sailboats, are popular, but the majority of Dutch boats are diesel powered, steel, displacement type, freshwater, family boats, averaging 26 feet to 36 feet in length. There is interest in global positioning systems, system C marine communications, direct dialing communication systems, fluxgate compasses, electronic charting, versatile screen displays and interfacing. Other types of less sophisticated basic boat parts, equipment and supplies are also enjoying good sales.
Motor Vehicles & Motor Vehicle Parts & Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
The Dutch interest in electric mobility continues to grow across a range of vehicles, including passenger cars, trucks, busses, special vehicles, and (motor)bikes. Electric mobility offers many “green” opportunities in the Netherlands. U.S. suppliers with products and services that advance green mobility are highly recommended to partner with a Dutch company.
TRADE REGULATIONS & CUSTOMS INFORMATION
The Netherlands applies the EU tariffs, which are based on the international Harmonized System of product classification. Duty rates on manufactured goods from the United States generally range from five to eight percent and are usually based on the C.I.F. value of the goods at the port of entry.
Import Requirements and Documentation
Value-added tax, most frequently called by its acronym VAT, is charged on the sale of goods and services within the country. Unlike the customs duty, which is the same for all EU member countries, the VAT is established by the tax authorities of each country and differs from country to country.
Customs and Regulations
Goods that enter the customs territory of the EU from a non-EU country are referred to as ‘non-Community goods’. A number of rules apply with respect to these goods. The main rule is that these goods should be assigned a ‘customs-approved treatment or use’. One of the ways in which you can assign a customs-approved treatment or use to the goods is to place them under a ‘customs procedure’.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of some commercial items, including “production” and “development” technology.
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IMPORTANT COUNTRY GOVERNMENT ENTITIES
LOCAL U.S. SUPPORT CONTACT
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Source: U.S. Commercial Service