The Netherlands is the sixteenth-largest economy in the world and the fifth largest in the European Monetary Union the eurozone , with a gross domestic product GDP of over USD billion billion euros. According to the International Monetary Fund IMF , the Netherlands is consistently among the three largest source and recipient economies for foreign direct investment FDI in the world, although the Netherlands is not the ultimate destination for the majority of this investment.
The government of the Netherlands maintains liberal policies toward FDI, has established itself as a platform for third-country investment with some investment agreements in force, and adheres to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD Codes of Liberalization and Declaration on International Investment, including a National Treatment commitment and adherence to relevant guidelines.
Of all EU member states, it is the top recipient of U. FDI, at over 16 percent of all U. FDI abroad as of The Netherlands has become a key export platform and pan-regional distribution hub for U. Roughly 60 percent of total U. In , foreign-owned companies made inward direct investment worth USD Foreign investors provide 19 percent of Dutch employment in the private sector , jobs. Although policy makers fear that a Brexit will be detrimental for the Dutch economy, so far the Netherlands is benefitting from companies exiting the United Kingdom in anticipation of Brexit.
According to the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency NFIA , the number of companies interested in moving to the Netherlands because of Brexit increased from 80 in to in to in The companies are coming mainly from the health, creative industry, financial services, and logistics sectors. Dutch tax authorities provide a high degree of customer service to foreign investors, seeking to provide transparent, precise tax guidance that makes long-term tax obligations more predictable.
Dutch tax policy continues to evolve as the EU seeks to harmonize tax measures across members states. Profits up to USD , , euros are taxed at a rate of 19 percent. In October , the Dutch government announced it would lower its corporate tax rate to Dutch corporate taxation generally allows for exemption of dividends and capital gains derived from a foreign subsidiary.
Surveys of the corporate tax structure of EU member states note that both the corporate tax rate and the effective corporate tax rate in the Netherlands are around the EU average. The Netherlands also has no branch profit tax and does not levy a withholding tax on interest and royalties. With few exceptions, the Netherlands does not discriminate between national and foreign individuals in the establishment and operation of private companies. The government has divested its complete ownership of many public utilities, but in a number of strategic sectors, private investment — including foreign investment — may be subject to limitations or conditions.
These include transportation, energy, defense and security, finance, postal services, public broadcasting, and the media. Air transport is governed by EU regulation and subject to the U. Additionally, the EU and its member states reserve the right to limit U. The Netherlands has no formal foreign investment screening mechanism, but the government has begun discussions about developing targeted investment-screening for certain vital sectors that could represent national security vulnerabilities.
The government is in the process of finalizing legislation that will establish investment screening mechanisms in the first of those vital sectors: telecommunications. The Netherlands has certain limitations on foreign ownership in sectors that are deemed of vital national interest transportation, energy, defense and security, finance, postal services, public broadcasting, and the media.
There is no requirement for Dutch nationals to have an equity stake in a Dutch registered company. The Netherlands ranks better than the OECD average on registration time, the number of procedures, and required minimum capital. DAFT entrepreneurs receive a two-year residence permit, with the possibility of renewal for five subsequent years. The Netherlands has a bilateral taxation treaty with the United States. Dutch commercial laws and regulations accord with international legal practices and standards; they apply equally to foreign and Dutch companies.
The rules on acquisition, mergers, takeovers, and reinvestment are nondiscriminatory. As an EU member and Eurozone country, the Netherlands is firmly integrated in the European regulatory system, with national and European institutions exercising authority over specific markets, industries, consumer rights, and competition behavior of individual firms.
Financial markets are regulated in an interconnected EU and national system of prudential and behavioral oversight. Traditionally, public consultation in drafting new laws is achieved by invitation of various civil society bodies, trade associations, and organizations of stakeholders. In addition, the SER has a formal mandate to provide the government with advice, both solicited and of its own accord. New laws and regulations are subject to legal review by the Council of State and must be approved by the Second and First Chambers of Parliament.
Dutch contract law is based on the principle of party autonomy and full freedom of contract. Signing parties are free to draft an agreement in any form and any language, based on the legal system of their choice.
Dutch corporate law provides for a legal and fiscal framework that is designed to be flexible. This element of the investment climate makes the Netherlands especially attractive to foreign investors. The Dutch civil court system has a chamber dedicated to business disputes, called the Enterprise Chamber. The Enterprise Chamber includes judges who are experts in various commercial fields. They resolve a wide range of corporate disputes, from corporate governance disputes to high-profile shareholder conflicts over mergers or hostile take-overs.
In , as part of its takeover bid of AkzoNobel, U. On January 1, , the Enterprise Chamber established an English-language commercial court. The Dutch government has demonstrated a growing concern with the protection of its open, market-based economy against foreign state malign activity and currently the Netherlands is in the process of finalizing legislation that will allow for the establishment of formal investment screening mechanisms for certain vital sectors that could represent national security vulnerabilities.
In March , the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy MOE submitted to Parliament its long-awaited proposal for an investment screening law in the telecommunications sector. The law is expected to come into force in late or This would be the first law to establish an investor-screening mechanism in sectors of vital interest to Dutch national security.
Structural and regulatory reforms are an integral part of Dutch economic policy. Laws are routinely developed for stimulating market forces, liberalization, deregulation, and tightening competition policy. As an EU and Eurozone member, the Netherlands is firmly integrated in the European regulatory system with national and European institutions exercising authority over specific markets, industries, consumer rights, and competition behavior of individual firms.
The Netherlands maintains strong protection on all types of property, including private and intellectual property, and the right of citizens to own and use property. Expropriation of corporate assets or the nationalization of industry requires a special act of Parliament, as demonstrated in the nationalization of ABN AMRO during the financial crisis the government returned it to public shareholding through a IPO. In the event of expropriation, the Dutch government follows customary international law, providing prompt, adequate, and effective compensation, as well as ample process for legal recourse.
The U. Mission to the Netherlands is unaware of any recent expropriation claims involving the Dutch government and a U. International Commercial Arbitration and Foreign Courts. The Netherlands has maintained a Treaty of Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation with the United States since that provides for national treatment and free entry for foreign investors, with certain exceptions. The Embassy is not aware of any American company raising an investment dispute with the Netherlands over the last 10 years.
Dutch bankruptcy law is governed by the Dutch Bankruptcy Code, which applies both to individuals and to companies. General requirements to qualify for investment subsidy schemes apply equally to domestic and foreign investors. Industry-specific, targeted investment incentives have long been a tool of Dutch economic policy to facilitate economic restructuring and to promote economic priorities. Such subsidies and incentives are spelled out in detailed regulations.
Subsidies are in the form of tax credits disbursed through corporate tax rebates or direct cash payments if there is no tax liability. FDI tends to be concentrated in growth sectors including information and communications technology ICT , biotechnology, medical technology, electronic components, and machinery and equipment. Investment projects are predominantly in value-added logistics, machinery and equipment, and food. The Netherlands has no free trade zones FTZs or free ports where commodities can be processed or reprocessed tax-free.
This reflects the key role that transport, transit, logistics, and distribution play in the Dutch economy. Dutch customs authorities oversee a large number of customs warehouses, free warehouses, and free zones along many of the Netherlands trade routes and entry points. Schiphol Airport handles nearly 1. Specific parts of Schiphol are designated customs-free zones. Many agents operate customs warehouses under varying customs regimes on the premises of the Port of Rotterdam.
There are no trade-related investment performance requirements in the Netherlands and no requirements for employment of local capital or managerial personnel. The Dutch government strongly supports Privacy Shield, although the DPA joined other EU data protection bodies in requesting resolution of concerns and further clarifications before its implementation.
The Netherlands fully complies with international standards on protection of real property. The number of procedures involved is at the OECD average, while the processing time of 2. The Netherlands is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO , a signatory to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, and generally conforms to accepted international practice for the protection of technology and trademarks.
Despite its participation in negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ACTA treaty, the Netherlands, like other EU member states, has stated it will not sign the treaty in its current form. USTR also notes that Dutch law enforcement has assisted in seizing infringing domain names, thereby bringing down some infringing sites. Policymakers agree on the need to raise public awareness of IPR rules and regulations and to strengthen enforcement.
The Dutch government has recognized the need to protect IPR, and law enforcement personnel have worked with industry associations to find and seize pirated software. Current Dutch IPR legislation explicitly includes computer software as intellectual property IP under copyright statutes. The Netherlands has resisted criminalizing online copyright infringement for personal use, instead placing a surcharge on the sales of blank media such as CDs, DVDs, and USB storage devices to remunerate rights holders for the downloading of material from legal and illegal sources alike.
However, a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union requires the government to change this policy and ban online infringement. Since the ruling of the EU court, the Dutch Supreme Court has determined that the original Dutch law can stand albeit that the surcharge does not cover downloading from illegal sources.
Thus, the Dutch law remains in place without alteration and is considered by the Government to conform to the EU Court ruling. Since the EU ruling, no specific measures have been taken by the Government to actively pursue persons in violation of the law because the government considers enforcement of this law to be largely a matter for the civil courts. Dutch associations for rights holders such as Stichting Brein focus their efforts on reducing the supply of illegal downloads rather than pursuing consumers who acquire illegal downloads.
The Netherlands is a signatory to the European Patent Convention, which provides for a centralized Europe-wide patent protection system. The Netherlands has been a staunch supporter of the forthcoming single harmonized European patent procedure that will allow for easier application, in three languages. Patents for foreign investors are granted retroactively to the date of the original filing in the home country, provided the application is made through a Dutch patent lawyer within one year of the original filing date.
Dutch patents are valid for 20 years, in line with EU regulations. Legal procedures exist for compulsory licensing if the patent is inadequately used after a period of three years, but these procedures have rarely been invoked. In addition to possible civil remedies, all IPR laws contain penal bylaws and reference to the Criminal Code.
In , the Dutch Parliament passed legislation that strengthened oversight and coordination of seven different collective institutions that oversee control, administration, and remuneration for commercial use of IP. The Amsterdam financial exchanges are part of the Euronext group that operates stock exchanges and derivatives markets in Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon, and Paris.
Dutch financial markets are fully developed and operate at market rates, facilitating the free flow of financial resources. The Netherlands is an international financial center for the foreign exchange market, Eurobonds, and bullion trade. The flexibility that foreign companies enjoy in conducting business in the Netherlands extends into the area of currency and foreign exchange. The DNB does not consider Bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies to be a legitimate currency, as they do not fulfill the traditional purposes of money as stable means of exchange or saving.
The DNB does not consider Bitcoin to have any implications for monetary policy. The Netherlands is a founding member of the EU and one of the first members of the Eurozone. There are no restrictions on the conversion or repatriation of capital and earnings including branch profits, dividends, interest, royalties , or management and technical service fees, with the exception of the nominal exchange-license requirements for nonresident firms.
The Netherlands does not impose waiting periods or other measures on foreign exchange for remittances. Similarly, there are no limitations on the inflow or outflow of funds for remittance of profits or revenue. The Netherlands, as a Eurozone member, does not engage in currency manipulation tactics. With the promulgation of additional, preventative anti-money laundering and counterfeiting legislation, the Netherlands has remedied many of the deficiencies revealed in a Mutual Evaluation Report.
The Dutch government maintains an equity stake in a small number of enterprises and some ownership in companies that play an important role in strategic sectors. In particular, government-controlled entities retain dominant positions in gas and electricity distribution, rail transport, and the water sector.
The Netherlands has an extensive public broadcasting network, which generates its own income through advertising revenues but also receives government subsidies. Private enterprises are allowed to compete with public enterprises with respect to market access, credits, and other business operations such as licenses and supplies.
Government-appointed supervisory boards oversee state-owned enterprises SOEs. In some instances involving large investment decisions, SOEs must consult with the cabinet ministry that oversees them. As with any other firm in the Netherlands, SOEs must publish annual reports, and their financial accounts must be audited.
There are no ongoing privatization programs in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is a global leader in corporate social responsibility CSR. Principles of CSR are promoted and prescribed through a range of corporate, governmental, and international guidelines. In general, companies carefully guard their CSR reputation and consumers are increasingly opting for products and services that are produced in an ethical and sustainable manner.
The Dutch government strongly encourages foreign and local enterprises to follow UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which states that businesses have a social responsibility to respect the same human rights norms in other countries as they do in the Netherlands. Under the law, there is no differentiation for men and women regarding equal access to investment. Furthermore, no groups are excluded from participating in financial markets and the financial system.
The Netherlands has strong standards for corporate governance. Publicly listed companies are required to publish audited financial reports. The Dutch government also encourages companies to engage in CSR through incentive programs and by setting high standards. Examples include:. As a result of the implementation of the criteria, wood pellet exports to the Netherlands have dropped from 7 percent of total U. The Netherlands fully complies with international standards on combating corruption.
Under the law, it is a criminal offense if one obtains foreign contracts through corruption. At the national level, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and Ministry of Justice and Security have both taken steps to enhance regulations to combat bribery in the processes of public procurement and issuance of permits and subsidies. Several agencies combat corruption. The Dutch Whistleblowers Authority serves as a knowledge center, develops new instruments for tracking problems, and identifies trends on matters of integrity.
For more information click here: More info. Foreign investment. Establish Overseas Your country was not recognised. Please check the spelling. Rely on Santander Welcome International desk. Netherlands: Foreign investment. What to consider if you invest in the Netherlands Strong Points The main assets of the country's economy are : An overall stable political and macroeconomic environment growth of 3. In , the Netherlands ranks 32nd in the ranking of countries where it is easist to do business Doing Business report by the World Bank.
Weak Points The main weaknesses of the country for FDI are: High costs of the workforce The small size of the internal market A great dependence on the world economic situation and, in particular, the EU Government Measures to Motivate or Restrict FDI Since January , the Dutch tax environment for international companies has become even more attractive. Similarly, the new quadripartite government coalition is continuing its efforts by introducing an expansionary fiscal policy providing for a further decline in income tax and increased spending in the areas of social affairs, defence and education.
The declared goal is to increase household spending and thereby mitigate one of the main weaknesses of its internal market. All government measures can be consulted on the website of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency. Acquisition of Holdings A majority holding interest in the capital of a Dutch company is legal. Certain sectors such as telecommunications, banking and insurance require the granting of an authorisation.
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Netherlands: Foreign investment. What to consider if you invest in the Netherlands Strong Points The main assets of the country's economy are : An overall stable political and macroeconomic environment growth of 3. In , the Netherlands ranks 32nd in the ranking of countries where it is easist to do business Doing Business report by the World Bank. Weak Points The main weaknesses of the country for FDI are: High costs of the workforce The small size of the internal market A great dependence on the world economic situation and, in particular, the EU Government Measures to Motivate or Restrict FDI Since January , the Dutch tax environment for international companies has become even more attractive.
Similarly, the new quadripartite government coalition is continuing its efforts by introducing an expansionary fiscal policy providing for a further decline in income tax and increased spending in the areas of social affairs, defence and education. The declared goal is to increase household spending and thereby mitigate one of the main weaknesses of its internal market.
All government measures can be consulted on the website of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency. Acquisition of Holdings A majority holding interest in the capital of a Dutch company is legal. Certain sectors such as telecommunications, banking and insurance require the granting of an authorisation.
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