Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Wellington, New Zealand

Investment in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is known for being a small country, but a big trading nation. It is an attractive country for international investments for a number of reasons:

  • Its strategical location in the heart of Europa, with access to many overseas markets.
  • The high-standard logistics and technology infrastructure: the port of Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport are global junctions.
  • A stimulating innovation environment.
  • Competitive tax rates: corporate tax rates are lower than in most EU countries.
  • An international business environment with lot of multinationals that have established their headquarters in the Netherlands. Examples of companies that have invested in Holland are Fonterra, Samsung Electronics, Danone, Abbott Laboratories, Tata Consultancy Services, FedEx, Cisco Systems, Nike and Starbucks Corporation.
  • A multilingual, well-educated workforce.
  • High standards of living and a multicultural and international-minded population.

New Zealand and The Netherlands are active trading partners. The biggest export products from New Zealand to the Netherlands are sheep meat, apples, aluminium and seeds. The biggest import products of New Zealand from the Netherlands are industrial machinery, medicaments and food preparations. In general, most exported products to the Netherlands exist of vegetables, fruit and meat and most imported products are manufactured commodities, such as mechanical and electrical machinery. New Zealand has a trade surplus vis-à-vis the Netherlands.

The central agency for trading with and investing in Holland is the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), a division of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. Their website www.nfia.nl provides key information about doing business with the Netherlands. The website www.hollandtrade.com contains information about Holland and its key economic sectors. For more practical information such as taxation and tariffs visit: www.hollandtrade.com/business-information/rules-and-regulations/. The European Union also provides an analysis of the Dutch economy and the investment climate at www.eubusiness.com/europe/netherlands.