This document describes how distribution, agency, and sales relationships are treated in Dutch law. It also details the Netherlands' terms regarding the freedom of contract, competition law issues, taxing considerations, and international conventions. A list with helpful Dutch trade law websites is also included for reference. Prepared by: Höcker Advocaten.
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Dutch Trade Partners provides a way for users to locate internationally active Dutch companies. The site provides a way to find active suppliers in the Netherlands, suppliers looking for opportunities in other countries, and to find a supplier by product or alphabetically. There are over 6,000 Dutch companies with contact information listed on the site.
Regulatory Agency Sites
The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) is responsible for the oversight and regulation of the financial services industry within the Netherlands. The site contains plenty of resources sorted by relevant user (consumer or professional).
The Dutch Media Authority (CvdM) grants licenses to broadcasters of audiovisual content in the Netherlands. CvdM monitors compliance with this legislation and serves to protect consumers' interests by ensuring appropriate and accurate information in the broadcasts. CvdM also promotes the advancement of technology within the media sector. Basic information about the structure of the agency and select reports are available in English, although the majority of the website content is only available in Dutch.
The Medicines Evaluation Board (MEB) assesses and guards the efficacy, safety, and quality of both human and veterinary medicinal products. The MEB is the primary source of information on new medicinal products, new applications, and current risk information.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs is in charge of policy development to create a sustainable, competitive business environment in the Netherlands. Specific focus is placed on agriculture and energy, as well as focusing on a balance between ecology and economy. This site contains relevant information for the agriculture, biotechnology, and energy industries.
This publication of Enterprise Ireland, A Guide to Doing Business in the Benelux Countries, discusses business opportunities in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Information includes the business environments, investing, and operating a business in the area. This resource opens in a PDF.
The Authority for Consumer and Markets (ACM) follows the latest market trends and developments for consumers and businesses. Specifically, ACM looks at the energy, telecommunication, transport, and postal industries. Along with tracking markets and industries, the ACM holds dialogues with businesses and consumers, advises consumers, and enforces numerous acts and pieces of legislation.
The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce provides Dutch entrepreneurs with information, stimulates regional trade and industry, and advises local and regional governments. The site provides information on starting a business and the associated paperwork, a trade register, and information on international trade.
The Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) carries out energy research and provides live-feed news and publication information. The researchers move between fundamental research at universities and appliance of knowledge and technologies in practice. In addition, there is a section on the opportunities for students and job seekers in this industry.
Holland Trade is responsible for promoting the international presence of Dutch companies in foreign markets and for supporting private sector development in emerging markets. The site contains information like Netherlands's business sector analysis, company directories, and market regulations.
This website offers information on the Nyenrode Business Universiteit (The Netherlands Business School) library. It provides access to the library catalog, databases, and internet sources. The library is an active member of the EBSLG (European Business Schools Librarians' Group).