Trade and the economy: the Netherlands and Egypt

The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency are welcoming Egyptian companies or investors interested in cooperating with, or investing in the Netherlands. Whether you’re considering locating in the Netherlands or have existing operations here, we can support you every step of the way.

Agriculture Holland windmill

The economic ties between the Netherlands and Egypt are strong, and go back a long time. The Netherlands exported in 2016 almost 25 billion EGP worth of goods to Egypt, and Egypt exported in the same year 6 billion EGP to the Netherlands.

When it comes to direct investments, the Netherlands has been the second largest among countries in the European Union and the 7th around the world. The majority of these investments are focused on agriculture, water, oil & gas and logistics.

Holiday destination

Also, Egypt is traditionally a popular holiday destination for Dutch tourists who wish to escape the colder and more rainy climate in the Netherlands.

Egyptian-Dutch Business Club

As proof of these strong economic relations, the Egyptian-Dutch Business Club (EDBC) has been established. The aim of the EDBC is to promote trade relations between Egypt and the Netherlands.

Grand Plaza Alexandria Egypt
San Stefano Grand Plaza in Alexandria

Why do business with the Netherlands?

There are multiple reasons for investing, exporting or doing business in the Netherlands:

  1. 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. Our infrastructure is first class. Our world-class airport, top-ranked seaports and high-speed road, rail and broadband networks are second to none.
  2. International Business Climate
    Ranked No. 1 on DHL’s Global Connectedness Index, the Netherlands has a competitive international climate and is home to 8,000+ foreign companies. In fact, 50% of Dutch GDP is derived internationally.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 20-25%, the Netherlands is among Europe’s most attractive countries for international companies.
  5. Highly educated, multilingual workforce
    Holland’s highly educated workforce sets the pace for European productivity in a wide range of capabilities. Furthermore, 90% of Dutch are fluent in English—the lingua franca of international business, science and technology.
  6. 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, Holland is, simply put, a great place to bring ideas to life.
  7. 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 and other sectors.

Contact us

The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency is the official agency of the Dutch government for promoting business opportunities in the Netherlands. You can find us at