Business networks and contacts in China

Whatever your international business plans, you need the right contacts to carry them through. The missions can help you with that.

Contacts and networks

Are you looking for specific business contacts abroad? It's not always easy to find reliable agents, customers or partners, especially when trying to do so from the Netherlands. Staff members at our embassies are there for you. They know the local players, networks and markets, and can overcome the language and cultural barriers.

You can ask for a business partner scan to give you insight into local market opportunities.

If you're looking for innovative partners in Europe, you can also try the Enterprise Europe Network.

Arranging introductions

Knowing which people match your ambitions is one thing. Getting in touch with them is another. Embassy staff often have easier access to the right people. They can highlight your company or organisation and introduce you to interested parties. They also organise seminars and events to put you in touch with potential partners. In certain cases you can also use mission facilities to organise activities.

Trade missions, trade fairs and partnerships

Taking part in a trade mission (perhaps with a minister or state secretary) or joint trade fair (website in Dutch) exhibit is a good way to expand your network at home and abroad. And you can benefit from the collective spotlight and promotional pull of the Netherlands.

If you want to enter a foreign market with a group of businesses and knowledge institutions, the Partners for International Business (PIB) programme can help (website in Dutch). Contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) for more information.

Business networks and contacts in this country or region

Read more information on local and Dutch authorities or networks that can be contacted on our Dutch website. You can also contact the economic affairs department at the embassy or consulates or the Netherlands Business Support Offices (NBSOs).

Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA)

For more than 40 years, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) has served as a one-stop-shop for successful European expansion. It has been supporting more than 4,000 companies from some 50 countries, to establish or expand their business in the Netherlands. They offer advice, information, practical assistance and access to a huge network of businesspartners and government agencies in the Netherlands.

As an operational unit of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, NFIA helps and advises foreign companies in the various stages of establishing, rolling out and expanding their international activities in the Netherlands.

Within China, the NFIA has offices in Beijing at the Netherlands embassy and on the consulates general in Shanghai and Hongkong. More information can be found on the Chinese NFIA website.

Chambers of Commerce in the Netherlands

Entrepreneurs that want to know more about doing business in or with China, can contact the Chambers of Commerce below.

In the Netherlands twelve regional Chambers are registered that cooperate in the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce.

Multiple regional offices have a specialized China desk, where entrepreneurs can go for information on trade missions, international regulations and doing business.

De Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association (NHKBA) was established in Amsterdam in May 1978 and is the oldest of a network of similar Hong Kong Associations, all over the world.

The Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association provides a network for Dutch people interested in Hong Kong as well as for people in Hong Kong interested in the Netherlands.

Founded in 1964, the Netherlands China Business Council – NCBC – is one of the oldest and largest independent and non-profit bilateral business councils in the Netherlands. Per 1 January 2020, the NCBC merged with the Dragons Businessclub.

The NCBC’s mission is to actively promote and expand two-way trade and investment, economic cooperation and mutual understanding between the business communities and public sectors of the Netherlands and China.

Chambers of Commerce in China

To assist foreign companies in China, there are several local Chambers of Commerce.

The Benelux Chamber of Commerce - BenCham - is the Benelux business platform in China. Its members, leading companies from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, share an active interest in developing trade and business in China. It is officially recognised and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in China.

BenCham was established in 2001. It currently contains 3 chapters; Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou (Pearl River Delta).

The Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is an independent international business association, representing Dutch or Dutch-related companies of all sized and individuals that have a stake in developing trade in, with, or through Hong Kong.

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China was founded to establish a common voice for the various business sectors of the European Union and European businesses operating in China. It is a member-driven, non-profit, fee-based organization with a core structure of 25 working groups and 7 fora representing European business in China.

The EUCCC has more than 1700 members in 7 chapters in 9 cities: Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenyang, South China (Guangzhou and Shenzhen), Southwest China (Chengdu, Chongqing) and Tianjin.

  • Chambers without official licenses

Take note: other organizations, such as the Dutch Chinese Chamber of Commerce (DCCC) or the Netherlands Chinese Chamber of Commerce (NCCC) did not receive licenses from the Chinese authorities and are not recognized as official foreign Chambers of Commerce in China.

EU SME Centre

The EU SME Centre is a European Union initiative that provides a comprehensive range of hands-on support services to European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), getting them ready to do business in China.

Their team of experts provides advice and support in four areas – business development, law, standards and conformity and human resources. Collaborating with external experts worldwide, the Centre converts valuable knowledge and experience into practical business tools and services easily accessible online.

Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions

NBTC is all about the development, branding and marketing of the Netherlands as a destination for vacations, business meetings and conferences.

The NBTC receives funding from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and actively cooperates with other parties within the tourism branche and beyond.

For more information, please go to their website.

The NBTC has an international network of offices and their address in China is written below.

Rm 1603, Building 3, China Overseas Plaza
No. 8 Guanghua Dongli, Chaoyang District
Beijing 100020, China

China Manager: Eddie Yang