If you see opportunities on international markets, the Dutch government will be happy to help you achieve your ambitions. Because your success also reflects well on the Netherlands. It doesn't matter whether you are a startup or an old hand on the international market. Or whether you are involved in trade, investment or innovation. Our international network is there to assist you abroad and in the Netherlands.
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I am exploring opportunities for doing business abroad
If you want to start doing business abroad, be aware that there is a lot to consider when entering a new market. It is important to have the right information. The Dutch government will be happy to help answer any questions you may have about doing business and entering into partnerships abroad.
You can get general information on international business from Ondernemersplein.nl, the digital one-stop information shop for businesses.
For information on fiscal rules and regulations, contact the Tax and Customs Administration.
I have specific plans to do business abroad
Whether you have a new or established business, the Dutch government can support you if you have specific plans to do business abroad. It can provide information and advice on the most attractive markets, the best steps to take and the support available. And it can tell you how to take advantage of these opportunities.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) helps new and established businesses draw up their export plans. It can provide information and advice on the most attractive markets, the best steps to take and the support available. And it can tell you how to take advantage of these opportunities. RVO.nl is in close contact with the worldwide network of Dutch embassies, consulates, Netherlands Business Support Offices (NBSOs), innovation attachés and agricultural counsellors, and with Regional Business Developers and the Enterprise Europe Network. Find out more about how RVO.nl can help you.
RVO.nl also offers coaching for businesses with little or no experience of doing business abroad. Starters for International Business helps you develop an international strategy in three steps, so you can identify your opportunities abroad.
Staff from the global network of embassies and consulates are your eyes and ears on the ground. They are familiar with the local market, highlight opportunities and give practical advice. And sometimes they can open doors that others can’t. Make the most of their services.
Netherlands Business Support Offices (NBSOs) are located in regions with good opportunities for Dutch businesses, but with no embassy or consulate. NBSOs can connect you with representatives and potential partners, and provide information on local legislation and markets tailored to your situation.
Looking for research and development contacts abroad? Innovation attachés based at Dutch embassies and consulates can spot opportunities and help strengthen your competitiveness abroad.
If you work in the agricultural sector and are looking for support in doing business abroad, the agricultural counsellors at Dutch embassies and consulates in 74 countries are keen to help you.
Are you looking for business leads in the Gulf region, Southeast Asia, West Africa, Latin America, or Scandinavia and the Baltic States? The Regional Business Developers are boosting the presence of Dutch businesses in these five regions.