NETHERLANDS

Logistic and forwarding services in Netherlands

Netherlands

Capital City
Amsterdam

Population
16,8 Mio.

National languages
Dutch, Frisian

Currency
Euro (EUR)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 866 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 51’373

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 5.240 Mrd.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 5.579 Mrd.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Netherlands

Bilateral relations are excellent and unproblematic. Economic, cultural and individual exchanges are intensive, friendly and direct. The two countries have very similar perspectives on economic, political and social issues.

Economic cooperation

The Netherlands is an important economic partner for Switzerland. Bilateral trade has been constant for many years. Traditionally, Switzerland runs a trade deficit with the Netherlands, a country in which Switzerland has considerable direct investments. Equally, at the end of 2014 the Netherlands was the largest direct investor in Switzerland, with investments worth 189 billion CHF

 

Business language

Dutch, German, English.

 

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

 

Currency

National currency: €

ISO code: EUR

 

Customs tariff (for non-EU goods)

Harmonised system customs clearance based on the transaction value.

 

Import control

EU goods are freely available. Invoices with all standard information are required to import non-EU goods. Medical and pharmaceutical goods must be registered.

Aruba and the Dutch Antilles are part of the third territory.

Standard VAT rate: 21% (reduced rate: 6%).

Reimbursement of VAT paid is possible.

 

Terms of payment and tenders

In transactions with solvent importers payment terms as for domestic transactions.

 

Designations of origin

Designations of origin are not required on goods or boxes. Special regulations for packaging,

labelling, marking and “goods value” apply for: foods, margarine, dairy products, meat, meat products, fats, fish, muscles and shellfish, eggs, vinegar, wine, liquor, beer, herbs, carpets, paper, gas masks, kapok, bed linen, crystal glass, detergents, radioactive substances, textiles.

The EU Directive sets out that packaging materials made of wood must be manufactured from round logs. This EU regulation goes beyond the necessary treatment set out in the ISPM 15 standard.

 

Marking/labelling

All shipments of goods which are transported to Burundi, Rwanda, Zambia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo via Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, must also be clearly marked with a blue cross on the package on the standard marking side, the bars of which are at least 30 cm long, otherwise a special sorting fee will be charged. The amount of this fee is not yet known. The colours vary depending on the country of destination: Burundi – black, Rwanda – yellow, Zambia – green, Tanzania – red, Democratic Republic of the Congo – blue. (Where applicable ask the importer.) Clear, permanent and clearly visible note indicating the weight of shipments with a gross weight of 1.000 kg or more.

 

Product samples

Duty free where there is no retail value.