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In 2018, Scotland sold £2,840 million worth of exports to the Netherlands. This is 8.4% of Scotland’s total international exports. Scottish exports to the Netherlands have increased by 18.4% since 2013, an increase of £440 million.    

An image of the Netherlands outlined on a map

The benefits of selling to the Netherlands

The World Bank rates the Netherlands as the 42nd 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

A Trading Nation uses evidence to work out what Scotland could sell more of.

In the Netherlands, the key sectors where Scotland could sell more are:

An infographic of top opportunities in the Netherlands's

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 7 experts in the Netherlands covering:

  • energy
  • 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:

  • advice
  • introductions

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.

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