In 2017, Scotland sold £2.5 billion worth of exports to the Netherlands. This is 7.6% of Scotland’s total international exports. Between 2013 and 2017, Scottish exports to the Netherlands increased by an average of 1.6% each year.
The benefits of selling to the Netherlands
The World Bank rates the Netherlands as the 36th easiest country in the world to do business with.
The Netherlands is a good place to export to because it:
- is open to new ideas for products and services
- has a good business culture
It’s also a good place for Scottish businesses to export to because it:
- has a high standard of living, so people have money to spend
- has a stable economy
- is close to Scotland
- has a similar culture to Scotland
What we could sell more of
In the Netherlands, the key sectors where Scotland could sell more are:
- machinery and equipment
- financial services
- computer and information technology (IT) services
- chemical sciences
Top opportunities in the Netherlands
- Food and drink
- Financial and business services
- Technology, software and communications
- Energy support
- Chemical sciences
- Life sciences
- Engineering and advanced manufacturing
Help with exporting in the Netherlands
Scottish Development International offices
Scottish Development International can help businesses exporting to the Netherlands from their office in Brussels.
They have one member of staff focussing on industries that produce consumer goods.
The GlobalScot network has 4 experts in the Netherlands covering:
- financial and business services
Department for International Trade
You can contact the Department for International Trade team in the Netherlands to find opportunities for doing business there.
Chambers of Commerce
The Netherlands Britain Chamber of Commerce can offer members:
They have offices in London and the Hague.
You can find more help with exporting.
You can also find more information on exporting to the Netherlands in A Trading Nation.