Trade and investment in the Netherlands for business people from China

Do you want to invest in the Netherlands? Dutch businesses can work with you in the fields of water, food, energy and more.

Trade and investment in the Netherlands

Investing in the Netherlands

There are plenty of reasons to invest in the Netherlands, for example:

  • Its geographical location, on the coast of Western Europe, means the Netherlands has 500 million potential customers close by.
  • Infrastructure is highly developed and includes Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, the Port of Rotterdam, roads, railway lines and broadband access.
  • Dutch people have a high level of education thanks to the excellent education system. Around 90% of Dutch people speak English and many also speak other foreign languages.

Trade and investment

Dutch companies can work with you on global challenges in the fields of water, food, energy, health and security.

At you can find examples of Dutch solutions in these fields.

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Europe’s best country for business

Ranked no. 8 in Europe by Bloomberg’s Best Countries for Business, the Netherlands is truly a world-class business destination. See for yourself why so many multinational businesses — from small and mid-sized to Fortune 500 leaders — have chosen the Netherlands as their gateway to Europe.

Strategic location

The Netherlands provides the perfect springboard into the European market — with access to 95% of Europe’s most lucrative consumer markets within 24 hours of Amsterdam or Rotterdam.

International business climate

Ranked no. 1 on DHL’s Global Connectedness Index, the Netherlands has a competitive international climate and is home to more than 8.000 foreign companies. In fact, 50% of the Dutch GDP is derived internationally.

Superior infrastructure

Ranked no. 2 in the world for overall logistics performance, the Netherlands is home to world-class seaports and airports, an extensive network of railways and highways and the second highest quality broadband network in Europe.

Competitive fiscal climate

With an investment-friendly corporate income tax system, cooperative tax authority, highly attractive innovation and R&D incentives, and competitive corporate income tax rate of 20 to 25%, the Netherlands is among Europe’s most attractive countries for international companies.

Highly educated, multilingual workforce

The Netherlands’ highly educated workforce sets the pace for European productivity in a wide range of capabilities. Plus, 90% of the Dutch people are fluent in English — the lingua franca of international business, science and technology.

Creative and innovative environment

Ranked no. 4 on the Global Innovation Index, the Netherlands is home to an attractive test market, adaptive consumers and an open culture. As one of the world’s most multicultural hubs for creative talent, the Netherlands is, simply put, a great place to bring ideas to life.

Thriving sectors

Fueled by world-class research institutes and public-private partnerships between academia, industry and government, the Netherlands has a rich tradition of looking across borders to advance growth of its thriving agrifood, IT, chemicals, high tech systems,  life sciences & health, creative industries and other sectors.

Exceptional quality of life

Ranked as the 7th happiest place on earth by the World Happiness Report, the Netherlands has a high standard of living with a lower cost of living than most major European countries.

Chinese companies investing in the Netherlands

Currently, nearly 8.200 foreign companies have established well over 11.200 operations in the Netherlands. Chinese companies have established some 570 operations in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is the third biggest investment destination for Chinese enterprises in the EU.

Chinese companies investing in the Netherlands represent virtually every sector from China. From ICT to agri-food, from chemicals to energy. The Dutch economy boasts a number of strong sectors, including chemical industry, life sciences, agriculture, electronics, logistics, and all attracting large interest from Chinese companies. At the same time, each Chinese company, regardless from which sector, entering the EU needs a base for its marketing and distribution activities.

Many of the Chinese companies already use the Netherlands for marketing and sales to all the different markets in Europe through the Netherlands. Furthermore, the Netherlands is one of the principal locations for Chinese companies to locate their European headquarters, for example Hikvision, Midea, Liugong, Mindray, BYD, Opple, and China Cargo Airlines. In addition, many globally leading Chinese companies have located their European distribution center and regional service center in the Netherlands as well.