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The NEC (Nederlandse Export Combinatie – Netherlands Export Combination) was founded in 1952 by the trade for the trade. The NEC consists of a team of experienced advisors who provide entrepreneurs with support and advice in setting up and expanding their international activities. To facilitate this, the NEC organises collective activities such as trade missions, trade show participation and conferences. The NEC often organises these activities in cooperation with Dutch Ministries, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Dutch Embassies abroad, our local partners and branch organisations. In addition, the NEC regularly collaborates with foreign consultant parties to explore mutually beneficial avenues within the Netherlands.

The NEC provides export advice to various individual market segments and establishes contact with agents and distributors. Since 1952, the NEC has been building networks in various sectors around the world. A variety of export specialists with knowledge and experience of the market and your industry are active within the NEC. Our consultants have made their own mark in the international business environment. By means of a practical approach and a large network, the NEC has realised many successful international projects.

Would you like to learn more about what we can do for you, please take a look at our brochure or contact us directly.

The NEC was founded in 1952 by the trade for the trade. The organisation, established as a foundation, aimed to encourage and promote international activities. Without frequent air travel, internet and communication by e-mail, conducting business internationally was complex and time consuming. The NEC Foundation’s collective approach was initiated in order to enter international markets more easily.

“The man with a suitcase full of samples”
To implement this collective approach, the NEC was established as one of the first organisations in the Netherlands in the field of international business relations. Finding international partners such as agents and distributors for companies was one of the organisation’s key tasks. A “globetrotter” representing the NEC travelled to a specifically chosen region with samples and brochures from members of the foundation. This was the modern means of exploring foreign markets at that time. During the trips, new contacts were made, products were presented and opportunities in the market were explored. To achieve this, the NEC networks in these countries were very instrumental. These visits added to the growing NEC network both nationally and internationally; at its peak, there were 560 Dutch member companies. The expression “I believe in the man with the suitcase full of samples” was familiar and understood by all.

Methods of communication and transport changed over the years and doing business internationally on an individual basis became important for many companies. The government also assumed an increasingly decisive role in export promotion and developed numerous initiatives in this area. In 2006, the NEC therefore transitioned from a foundation to a private company. In addition to the collective activities, the NEC started in 2006 to focus on individual trajectories. Furthermore, many projects are now undertaken in collaboration with the Dutch government, whereby processes do not have to be financed by the companies alone. In this context, the NEC works together with the RVO (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland – Netherlands Enterprise Agency), Ministries, Dutch Embassies and branch organisations.
The combination of both collective and individual export trajectories ensures that the NEC is, to date, a known entity in export support.

 

 

65 years Netherlands Export Combination (NEC)

In 1952 4 entrepreneurs decided to work together in order to increase their export opportunities. The Netherlands Export Combination (NEC) was born.

For these companies trade missions were organised by world travellers in order to find them agents, importers and distributors and last but not least to gain market information. To date a worldwide network of partners exists in virtually every country.

The launch of the Internet meant that markets were becoming more transparent and international communication easier. Due to influence of the government, the possibility for business matchmaking during trade missions was offered. As of 2007 the NEC has started to cooperate with both national and international partners (e.g. Netherlands Enterprise Agency, International Trade Development Boards and more). Besides the self-organised activities, activities started to be organised on assignment. It became the key principle to carry out projects in which clients/participants were offered the highest possible added value, by working together with carefully selected partners.
Besides the initiation and execution of trade missions the NEC expanded its business by organising Holland pavilions, by becoming agent for leading trade fairs, by providing individual export advise to clients and by organising export courses. A team of 12 enthusiastic persons carries out all of this.

Below you can find the NEC’s statue: the “world traveller”. The NEC slogan back in the days was: “I believe in the man with the monster suitcase.”

“The man with the monster suitcase”

Over the years the NEC has built an extensive international network with local partners and governments in almost all countries of the world. Within these countries, the NEC works in cooperation with sector-specific partners, allowing us to quickly identify and access the correct and most current information.

Collaboration is of the utmost importance to the NEC. Our strategy is to work together with other parties to maximise the added value of our activities for the participants. This means that we engage specialised knowledge and experience relevant to these projects. To date, this approach has yielded a pleasant and long-lasting relationship with our partners in both the Netherlands and abroad.

In the Netherlands, the NEC works together with and on assignment for embassies, ministries, foreign governments, branch organisations and Dutch companies. The NEC is currently one of the main contractors for the RVO with regards to the execution of inbound and outbound trade missions and trade fair participations.

The NEC has a strong expertise in setting up international trade relations on behalf of small and medium enterprises. The NEC could assist you to enter the market in The Netherlands or other markets in Europe or in other continents. The NEC is active in various sectors all over the world. Below you will find an overview of the type of companies we do business with and what sectors we are active in.

The NEC advises international start-ups how to enter the global market according to their wishes and the current market developments.  A lot of start-ups do not think it is possible to attend a trade fair, let alone to be part of a trade mission. On the contrary, joining a trade fair or mission could be a perfect beginning for international newcomers to become internationally active. The NEC could assist you with participating in a trade fair or mission but could also assist you in (re)writing your export strategy and planning of the execution of it. There are various subsidies possible to use our services and we are happy to assist you with applying for these. Very often Dutch start-ups follow the subsidized Starters International Business trajectory.  For foreign start-ups in and outside the Netherlands it is possible to start the 4-step-marketplan with the NEC. Both the Starters International Business and the 4-step-plan consist of a company scan, market research, B2B search & matchmaking and a follow up enabling you to create your first business in a new market. The NEC has assisted more than 1.000 international start-ups in the past. Please read the stories of the Dutch companies Puik, Buitendijk Slaman and Hanse Staalbouw.

The NEC advises all companies which would like to change or expand their international business. Next to advising start-ups, the NEC assists more experienced companies with their international business. The NEC serves as a sounding board for seasoned international entrepreneurs who are seeking new ways to do business and new market opportunities globally. In consultation with the NEC, entrepreneurs get new insights on their export strategy, the market developments, governmental subsidies and so on. Experienced companies could also make use of the subsidized Starters International Business program, DHI, the 4-step-plan just as start-ups or other programs.  Foreign companies could also apply for subsidies in their own country or from the EU. The NEC is happy to assist you with the application. The NEC helped more than 750 experienced companies in the past. Please read the stories of the Dutch companies Dopper and Agraplan

The NEC is active in virtually all countries and sectors and over the years gained expertise in many specific sectors. Some of them being Agri & Food, Horticulture, Creative sector, Infrastructure & Building, Health care, Smart Cities, Metal industry, Water and so on. In all of these sectors the NEC more and more concentrates on the aspect of circularity. The Dutch Government selected 5 sectors that will be the first to switch to a circular economy. These priority sectors are biomass and food, plastics, manufacturing industry, construction sector and consumer goods. How the NEC is conveying the circular message in these specific sectors internationally and what activities we undertake, you could read here.

For more information on the services of the NEC, please contact Joost van Dam or Steven Smit.

The NEC organises trade missions to promote international trade. For the planning and organisation of a trade mission, the NEC frequently works in collaboration with or on behalf of the Dutch government, the leading Dutch top sectors and foreign governments. The NEC also often co-operates with branch organisations, local parties, embassies, provinces and municipalities.

An overview of the various missions organised by the NEC is listed below:

A delegation of foreign companies collectively visits the Dutch market. The mission is a good opportunity to strengthen ties between the countries. Dutch companies and organisations can come into contact with the delegation members of interest during the mission. These missions take place within a given sector or within a specific business aspect. An overview of the type of missions that the NEC has already organised:
– An incoming mission for female entrepreneurs
– An incoming mission for a delegation from the potato sector
– An incoming mission for a delegation from the livestock and horticulture sector
– An incoming mission for sustainable businesses

If your organisation would like to organise a trade mission or an informative visit to the Netherlands, please contact us for more information about the possibilities.

A delegation of Dutch companies will collectively visit a foreign market. Both a collective and an individual programme is organised. The collective programme often includes business or project visits within a specific sector, store checks, presentations and networking opportunities. The individual programme may include matchmaking meetings with potential partners, company visits and visits to selected shops.

A delegation of companies or organisations in a specific sector collectively visit a particular market. Participants in this mission want to become acquainted with a new market. The programme is based on the profiles of the participating companies and the visits are often done as a group. During this mission, you will receive answers to the following questions:
• Is this an interesting market for me?
• Does my product fit the needs of the market?
• What are the differences in cultures I’ll need to keep in mind?
• Who are the largest players in the market?
• What opportunities are there for the future?

A delegation of companies from a specific sector or a number of sectors collectively visit a particular market. Participants in this mission are companies that already have some knowledge of the market and who want to come into contact with the main players in the market. The major part of the program consists of individual appointments. The appointments will be scheduled after an extensive intake regarding your ambitions in this market. There are also a number of components that are part of the collective program. During this mission, you will receive answers to the following questions:
• What are the key distribution channels in this market?
• Which important competitors are active here?
• Who are the most important customers in this market?
• Are the parties in this market interested in my product?
• What are the possible ways and best strategy to employ to enter this market with my product?
• What agents or distributors are present and which of these are of interest to me?
Dutch companies may be eligible for a grant from the Dutch government for participating in these missions.

The Netherlands Export Combination organised a trade mission for the Horticultural sector to Chili in march 2019. This was done in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce Chili-Netherlands and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Chili. The delegation consisted of ten companies which offered among others solutions for greenhouse building, water storage, agri software, peatmoss and substrates.

Seminar Horticultuur in Chili en kansen op de Chileense markt

The first day of the trade mission started with a seminar Horticulture in Chile and chances in Chilean market. During the seminar Francisco Rossier of Transforma Alimentos revealed only 2% of all cultivation is done in greenhouses and also that 84% of horticulture in Chile is concentrated in the centre of the country. Furthermore, Imre Overeem from Koppert Biological Systems and Alejandra Arenas from Rijk Zwaan explained that most Chilean people show risk-avoiding behaviour and usually do not apply the latest technologies right away in their greenhouses. The second part of the day, the delegation visited different organizations and companies. At the meeting with the Frauenhofer institute it became clear that recently more horticultural developments are taking place in the region of Arica, near the border with Peru.

The second day revolved around field visits. Especially the visit to Grupo Hijuelas was valuable for the Dutch companies, as it give a good idea of the Chilean products and working methods. Grupo Hijuelas begun with the production of ornamental plants, but nowadays it has grown and diversified into different areas and services. Among other products it now supplies blueberries and hazelnuts.

Visiting Grupo Hijuelas

The last two days of the mission were planned for the individual matchmaking. Every Dutch company met with about 10 Chilean growers to discuss the possibilities for working together. The Dutch were very positive about the quality of the matches and the first results it generated. One of the participants was asked to make quotations for almost all Chilean growers!

The trade mission was a success, many new contacts were established and follow up is expected. More than half of the participants is already planning a second visit to Chile, probably still in 2019.

We from the NEC would like to thank all participating companies and cooperation partners. For more questions about the follow-up mission or the developments in Chile please contact Steven Smit.

 

The Netherlands Export Combination (NEC) is assigned, by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) to organize an incoming trade mission / study visit from Georgia to the Netherlands in the agricultural and horticultural sector from 12 to 15 March 2019.

I expected to see high standards and high quality agro sector companies and that was what I gained: new vision, new experiences and great people” – quote of one of the participants. One of the comments of the participants reflex the purpose of this trade mission/study visit exactly.
     
The delegation consisted of 15 agricultural managers of Agroservice. Each member owns his own agricultural company in Georgia. All of them are member of the collective Agroservice. In total Agroservice consists of about 60 farmers and consultants. The collective distributes among others products & machines in Georgia and provide advice to local farmers.

Georgia is a country with great potential, from tourism to the agro- and horticultural sector. This trade mission/study visit focused on the increase of knowledge in the agro- and horticultural sector. This knowledge is needed to increase the quality of products in Georgia to meet the requirements for export to the European market.

This vision is also for the participants a goal to realize in the future. “I wish Georgia to be as developed as is the Netherlands” – quote of one of the participants.

The delegation was amazed and impressed with the quality of products and materials and collected as much as knowledge and information. This resulted in good discussions among the participants.
   

During the week in the Netherlands the delegation visited mainly production companies and suppliers. Moreover, the delegation received a presentation at the ministry of agricultural about the Dutch agricultural sector. Also, the delegation was invited at the embassy by the Georgian ambassador. The ambassador has recently taken office in The Hague and is willing to support the Georgian farmers on increasing the quality.

Based on the wishes of the delegation the field visits were selected for the relevant sectors, which resulted into a varied program and considered informative by the delegation. The program consisted of visits to companies specialized in: building greenhouses, greenhouse technologies, machinery for sorting/packing/cooling/storing of vegetables and fruit, potatoes and agricultural machinery.
  

It is good to notice that the participants set goals for the future based on the experience of this trade mission/study visit. “I obtained lot of useful information during the visits that I will use in my future plans” – quote of one of the participants.

In case you have any questions and/or comments in regards to this trade mission/study visit, please contact Sabrina Pauwels by mail or by phone +31 (0)33-4330131.

The Netherlands Export Combination and AgriProFocus Uganda organized a trade mission for the Agro sector commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the Netherlands Embassy in Uganda for the second year straight. The mission was a success! Not only do the Dutch companies have a better view of the market developments in the Ugandan agricultural sector, but above all these companies gained valuable contacts and business partners for setting up export.

The mission took place from 13 to 17 February and revolved around participation in the Harvest Money Expo with a Holland Village. Fourteen Dutch companies and 15 Dutch-Ugandan companies active in dairy, poultry, horticulture and storage were present.
The Holland Village further complement with farmers from the Best Farmer Competition 2018, a program initiated by the Netherlands embassy in Kampala.

Opening Holland Village by ambassador Henk Jan Bakker

Two days prior to the Harvest Money Expo the Dutch companies visited several farms throughout Uganda. The Dairy group went to Visit Mbarara in South West Uganda which is known as a cattle/dairy region. Upon arrival the group was informed about the developments in the sector by SNV. Hereafter the group visited a farm and spoke with potential business partners on dairy installations and breeding programs. The poultry group met with a some large owners of chicken farms around Kampala. These farms just as the entire poultry sector is growing rapidly, and the Dutch companies know how to assist in the professionalization process. De remaining Horticultural and gricultural companies visited some interesting growers in the region of Entebbe.


Chore-Time explaining types of poultry equipment                                                 

The last three days of the mission were entirely dedicated to the Holland Village during the Harvest Money Expo. The Harvest Money Expo received double the amount of visitors compared with last year, reaching a total of 27.374 visitors. Also in the Holland Village there was a constant flow of traffic more than last year. According to exhibitor Holland Greentech this was partly due to the set-up of the Holland Village. Exhibitor eProd Solutions already had more visitors the first day in comparison to the entire three days last year.

Vice-president of Uganda Edward Ssekandi stopping by

De Holland Village not only attracted a lot of visitors, but above all created new chances for the exhibitors. This was stimulated by the matchmaking that was organized during the Expo. Besides that the participants had the opportinuty to present themselves and the company during the masterclasses. As a result, new ideas were exchanged with possible new business partners to further develop the Uganda agriculture with the assistance of Dutch companies.


A lot of visitors in the Holland Village during the three day Expo

Overall we look back on a successful trade mission. We hereby thank all participating companies and partners. For questions regarding this trade mission or any other relating matter you could contact Joost van Dam or Steven Smit.

From 29th October until 2nd November 2018 the Netherlands Export Combination (NEC) in partnership with Capacity Africa organised a trade mission for a Kenyan agro delegation to visit the Netherlands. The delegation consisted of 16 persons, whom both make policy and are farmers themselves in Kenya. The mission was a great success, during which the delegation got a good impression of the potential of the Dutch agro sector and what the Netherlands can offer them.

Among other things the Kenyan delegation came to the Netherlands to learn more about ways to improve their local production processes as well as finding out how they could enter the European market. To answer these questions, the NEC organised various business visits as well as a meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture in The Hague. The delegation was very impressed by the Dutch quality and efficiency in the agro sector demonstrated to them during the field visits. After the trade mission the delegation left with a lot of information and ideas to process. We look forward to see the first results of the mission.

Would you like to receive further information about this trade mission or its delegation? Please get in contact with us via info@nec.nl of +31 (0)33 433 0131.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

The NEC-team.

From 25th to 29th September, a delegation from the horticulture sector from Sri Lanka came to the Netherlands. This trade mission was carried out by the Dutch Export Combination on behalf of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

 

The Sri Lankan delegation consisted of 5 companies from the fruit & vegetables sector, 12 companies from the floriculture sector and 2 government representatives. They came to the Netherlands to gain more knowledge about new technologies and innovations inside the Dutch horticultural sector and to find possible partners for future businesses . For example, they were looking for importers of vegetables & fruits or flowers & plants to introduce the Sri Lankan products to the Dutch market.

 

The week consisted of various elements, such as company visits, individual matchmaking appointments, attending a number of seminars and an evening reception at the ambassador of Sri Lanka in the Netherlands. For the organization of this mission, the NEC cooperated with Bureau Leeters. Bureau Leeters has carried out a study commissioned by the Dutch government to map out the opportunities for Dutch parties in the horticulture sector. A presentation about the report for Dutch companies was part of the mission. Many Dutch companies showed interest in the seminar and matchmaking and both new and existing contacts were met. We look back on a successful trade mission that has further strengthened the relationship between the Netherlands and Sri Lanka in the horticultural sector.

 

Incoming Sri Lanka MissionNumbers
Delegation25 persons
Total Appointments and visits with Dutch companies15 visits
Matchmaking meetings25 Dutch companies

The Dutch Export Combination in cooperation with the Dutch embassy in Colombo has organized a  outgoing trade mission for a delegation from the dairy sector in Sri Lanka, commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland). The Dutch delegation consisted of fourteen different companies which are active in the poultry and the dairy sector. The Dutch delegation was in Sri Lanka from the 27th of November until the 1st of December 2016.

 

The mission was set up because of the new chances within these sectors in Sri Lanka for Dutch companies. The mission started with a seminar and individual matchmaking Appointments. More than 150 Sri Lankan attendees took part at the individual matchmaking. During an investment session and project visits, further opportunities for cooperation between the Dutch and the Sri Lankan side were investigated.

 

For more questions or information about this mission, please contact Mr. Joost van Dam.

The Dutch Export Combination has organized a trade mission for a delegation from the dairy sector in Sri Lanka, commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland). The delegation was in The Netherlands from the 24th until the 28th of October.

 

The delegation consisted of the minister of Rural Economic Affairs and Livestock Development from Sri Lanka, the Dutch Ambassador originated in Colombo, two high officials ( National Livestock Development Board, representatives from the Ministry of Rural Economic Affairs and Livestock Development)

The delegation came to The Netherlands to enhance their knowledge about new technologies and innovations around the Dutch dairy sector , to be informed about educations & training possibilities and to find possible new trade partners to work with in the future. The delegation members were looking for parties which are active in the area of genetics, investments , feeding supplies for cows , knowledge about farm management and various processing machines to create cheese and yoghurt.

 

The week in The Netherlands consisted of diverse elements, such as company visits , individual matchmaking appointments , attending the dairy seminar , a network reception and having dinner at the residence of the Sri Lankan ambassador originated in The Hague. When  organising this mission the NEC worked closely together with the Dutch embassy located in Colombo. A total of 32 companies applied for the seminar and matchmaking event. This resulted in 16 rounds of each fifteen minutes of valuable conversations between the Dutch and Sri Lankan companies. The Dutch side were very much interested in these events which resulted in meeting new potential and existing trade partners. The event has been experienced as very pleasant and positive for both sides and is seen as a start to set foot in Sri Lanka. We look back on a successful trade mission that has further strengthened the relationship between the Netherlands and Sri Lanka in the dairy sector.

Incoming Sri Lanka MissionAmount
Total delegation21 persons
Total Appointments and visits with Dutch companies14 visits
Matchmaking meetings25 dutch companies

Commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), the Netherlands Export Combination (NEC) organised, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 17th-24th June an incoming trade mission from Sri Lanka. Thirteen veterinarians, five representatives from layer farmers and five representatives from broiler farmers visited the Netherlands. The mission was meant to let the Sri Lankan delegation get to know more about the Dutch technologies available and used here as well as getting in contact with major Dutch companies within the poultry sector. Several company visits, a business to business matchmaking event and a visit to the VIV Europe fair made this possible.

 

Seminar & Business Matchmaking
During a specially organised seminar (which also included a business to business matchmaking) at the Poultry museum in Barneveld, the Netherlands, Dutch companies got informed on the current situation and the development of the Sri Lankan poultry sector. After the seminar there was the possibility to meet the Sri Lankan delegation one-on-one. The delegation received an informative tour through the poultry museum. This day turned out to be very successful for all parties involved!

 

 

VIV Europe fair
Both the company as the veterinarian delegation visited, after having done several company visits and training sessions, the VIV Europe 2018 fair in Utrecht. The delegation visited the fair multiple days. On Friday only five members of the company delegation went to the VIV Europe fair, where they were interviewed by VIV Worldwide journalist Peter Best, which resulted in very interesting conversations. This interview can be reviewed on the VIV Worldwide website. Both the organised program as well as the VIV Europe visit were very well received by the entire delegation, where they got to meet and get in contact with many interesting company representatives.

 

 

Would you like to obtain further information on this incoming trade mission? Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mr. Joost van Dam.

The Netherlands Export Combination (NEC) was appointed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the Dutch Embassy in Amman to organize the incoming visit of a Jordan representative to the Netherlands.

In two weeks he visited 39 companies and 6 branch organizations from the sectors chemistry (cosmetics, chemicals, plastics and printing and design), wooden furniture and electronics and engineering.

During the appointments the possibilities in the Jordan market and the interest for a possible trade mission to Jordan were discussed.

 

 

 

The consultant represented a total of 71 Jordanian companies from the sectors mentioned above. Every Dutch company had the opportunity to discuss the opportunities in Jordan, to discuss the possibilities for a future cooperation and to ask further questions.

After meeting all the companies and branch organizations, it can be concluded that almost all companies were open for a possible cooperation with Jordan companies. Mainly companies from the sectors plastics, wooden furniture, design and printing and signing showed a noteworthy interest in the Jordanian market. Also, the companies reacted enthusiastic about a possible trade mission to Jordan in October.

Both the Netherlands Export Combination (NEC) and the Jordan representative are able to look back on highly successful meetings that can contribute to the business relation with Jordan.

 

For further information or questions, please contact Wendy Bakker or Sylvia van der Horst.

 

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A successful visit
The Australian company ‘Macro Meats’ visited the Netherlands on the 16th and 17th of February to explore the meat sector in the Netherlands and to discuss possibilities for future cooperation. Macro Meats is located in South Australia and is active in kangaroo meat for consumption. The NEC was responsible for all appointments during his visit in the Netherlands. Several businesses have been visited, including wholesalers, manufacturers, distributors and importers from the meat industry.

 

Mr. Anton Martynenko – Macro Meats:
“We have had a very positive experience working with the Netherlands Export Combination which managed to organize 6 business meetings for us with the interested Dutch companies within a very short period of time and at short notice. Apart from the general consulting and business-matching NEC provided us with the driving and interpretation services in Netherlands which helped us to obtain market intelligence and explore business opportunities for our company on the Dutch market. We would strongly recommend potential importers and exporters to Holland to use NEC’s professional services to develop business with the Dutch companies. Anton Martynenko, Export Manager for Macro Meats, supplier of the premium kangaroo meat products to the European market.”

Foto product Macro Meats

In January 2017 a high level delegation from Ethiopian and Djibouti government officials the Netherlands to enhance cooperation in agro logistics.

The delegation came at the invitation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in close cooperation with the Dutch Flying Swans consortium.

The mission from Ethiopian and Djibouti officials, including the Ethiopian Minister of Transport and the Djibouti Minister of Transport & Equipment, visited the Netherlands to discuss cooperation and investment possibilities in agro logistics.

The NEC has been appointed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency to arrange all logistics during the program. NEC cooperated closely with the Dutch Embassy in Addis Ababa.

2017Incoming missionJordanMultisectoral
2017Outgoing missionSenegalOil&gas, maritime
2017Outgoing missionIranFood
2017Outgoing missionZambiaAgriculture
2017Outgoing missionGermanyMultisectoral
2017Outgoing missionSenegalMultisectoral
2017Incoming missionEthiopia/DjiboutiAgri logistics

The Netherlands Export Combination has organized a study visit for representatives from the Lebanese private and public dairy sector.

This visit is organized in cooperation with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, and took place from the 24th until the 28th of October.

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The delegation visited the Netherlands to see and learn more about the Dutch market. Also the delegation was very eager to learn more about the best way to feed the cattle, the production of animal food, the way to strengthen their market position in the dairy sector, the milk collection, the genetics, the hygiene and the quality of milk production. The study visit inspired the delegation to develop their companies to a higher level.

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For further information or questions, please contact Mr Joost van Dam

2016Outgoing missionSri LankaAgriculture
2016MasterclassEthiopiaAgriculture
2016Incoming missionLebanonDairy
2016Outgoing missionAustraliaMultisectoral
2016Incoming missionWorldwideCorporate Social Responsibility
2016Outgoing missionBelgiumCreative
2016Incoming missionSri LankaHorticulture
2016Outgoing missionIranHorticulture
2016Outgoing missionBelgiumVision, robotics
2016Incoming missionPakistanDairy
2016Incoming missionMENA regionCreative
2016Outgoing missionBelgiumSmart cities
2016Incoming missionVietnamHorticulture
2016Outgoing missionUgandaAgriculture
2016Outgoing missionGermanyMultisectoral
2016Incoming missionBalkanMultisectoral
2016Incoming missionZimbabweMultisectoral

 

2015Outgoing missionBelgiumInternet of Things
2015Outgoing missionScandinaviaFood
2015Outgoing missionBelgiumHealthy aging
2015Outgoing missionUnited Arab EmiratesConfectionery
2015Incoming missionPolandWater
2015Incoming missionKeniaAgriculture
2015Outgoing missionBelgiumFactory of the future
2015Outgoing missionUnited Arab EmiratesCreative
2015Incoming missionJordanMultisectoral
2015Outgoing missionUnited StatesConfectionery
2015Incoming missionPalestinaMultisectoral
2015Incoming missionPalestinaMultisectoral
2015Outgoing missionAustraliaAgriculture
2015Incoming missionAustraliaHorticulture
2015Incoming missionUgandaAgriculture
2015Outgoing missionKeniaAgriculture
2014Incoming missionUgandaMultisectoral
2014Incoming missionPalestinaMultisectoral
2014Outgoing missionChinaFood
2014Incoming missionYemenPoultry
2014Outgoing missionDR Congo and ZambiaAgriculture
2013Incoming missionZambiaRoad construction
2013Outgoing missionUnited KingdomMultisectoral
2013Outgoing missionUnited Arab EmiratesConfectionery
2013Outgoing missionTurkeyFood
2013Outgoing missionUnited KingdomMultisectoral
2012Outgoing missionAustraliaHorticulture
2012Outgoing missionCanadaHorticulture
2012Outgoing missionDenmarkBio-Food
2012Outgoing missionUkraineBakery technology
2012Outgoing missionPolandConfectionery
2012Outgoing missionSpainFood
2012Outgoing missionCzech RepublicSustainable building
2012Outgoing missionTurkeyDYI

The NEC organises a large number of trade shows annually and is also an agent for several leading trade organisations worldwide.

The NEC regularly organises joint trade shows to collectively present Dutch companies. Each company is assigned its own part of a stand, where products are presented. There is often a Holland Lounge at the booth, with a small kitchen that can be used by the participants of the pavilion. In the Holland Pavilion, “Holland branding” is used to further increase the appeal to foreign parties and the press. During the shows, a networking reception is often organised at the Holland Pavilion where participants may invite (potential) customers.
During the joint trade shows, there is often a NEC advisor present to support the participants in their business activities and to provide advice regarding business practices, the usual conditions for that particular market or the reliability of some potential customers. Visits and matchmaking programs are regularly combined with participation in a trade show so that you can get even more added value out of your visit to a specific market. For these programs, the NEC frequently works together with the local Dutch Governmental network and local Dutch companies.
Dutch companies may be eligible for a grant from the Dutch government for participating in a Holland Pavilion.

The NEC will organise a Holland Paivlion at the Growtech Eurasia from 27-30 November 2019.


The Growtech Eurasia is the biggest agricultural fair in Eurasia and Turkey and brings together several links in the industry together: from growers to wholesalers and distributers, all in the Turkish heart of the agricultural production and export – Antalya. With over 90.000 visitors from over 130 different countries and approximately 850 exhibitors from over 30 countries, this fair is the suitable fair for your product(s)!

Matchmaking Holland Pavilion 2018

To participate or for further information, please see get in contact with Sabrina Pauwels or Joost van Dam.

Announchment Growtech Eurasia 2019

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Following the success of the fair in both 2016 and 2018, the NEC will organise once again a Holland Pavilion in March/April 2020 at the Food & Hotel Asia in Singapore, due to the many opportunities in this Asian market.

Due to the growing interest in the FHA Singapore, the UBM decided to split the FHA Singapore into two different fairs, to know:

FACTS & FIGURES FOOD & HOTEL ASIA 2020

  • More than 112,500 m2 fair surface
  • More than 78.000 visitors from 100 different countries
  • More than 4.000 exhibitors coming from 70 countries and regions ´s
  • Approximately 71 collective pavilions
  • 6 specialised events
  • World-class competitions and side activities
  • Top conferences, seminars and masterclasses

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT?
Would you like to learn more about these fairs and your opportunities in Asia, or would you like to speak with the project manager please don’t hesitate and get in touch with Mr. Daan Busscher or call him on +31 (0)33 433 0131.

The Netherlands Export Combination and AgriProFocus Uganda organized a trade mission for the Agro sector commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the Netherlands Embassy in Uganda for the second year straight. The mission was a success! Not only do the Dutch companies have a better view of the market developments in the Ugandan agricultural sector, but above all these companies gained valuable contacts and business partners for setting up export.

The mission took place from 13 to 17 February and revolved around participation in the Harvest Money Expo with a Holland Village. Fourteen Dutch companies and 15 Dutch-Ugandan companies active in dairy, poultry, horticulture and storage were present.
The Holland Village further complement with farmers from the Best Farmer Competition 2018, a program initiated by the Netherlands embassy in Kampala.

Opening Holland Village by ambassador Henk Jan Bakker

Two days prior to the Harvest Money Expo the Dutch companies visited several farms throughout Uganda. The Dairy group went to Visit Mbarara in South West Uganda which is known as a cattle/dairy region. Upon arrival the group was informed about the developments in the sector by SNV. Hereafter the group visited a farm and spoke with potential business partners on dairy installations and breeding programs. The poultry group met with a some large owners of chicken farms around Kampala. These farms just as the entire poultry sector is growing rapidly, and the Dutch companies know how to assist in the professionalization process. De remaining Horticultural and gricultural companies visited some interesting growers in the region of Entebbe.


Chore-Time explaining types of poultry equipment                                                 

The last three days of the mission were entirely dedicated to the Holland Village during the Harvest Money Expo. The Harvest Money Expo received double the amount of visitors compared with last year, reaching a total of 27.374 visitors. Also in the Holland Village there was a constant flow of traffic more than last year. According to exhibitor Holland Greentech this was partly due to the set-up of the Holland Village. Exhibitor eProd Solutions already had more visitors the first day in comparison to the entire three days last year.

Vice-president of Uganda Edward Ssekandi stopping by

De Holland Village not only attracted a lot of visitors, but above all created new chances for the exhibitors. This was stimulated by the matchmaking that was organized during the Expo. Besides that the participants had the opportinuty to present themselves and the company during the masterclasses. As a result, new ideas were exchanged with possible new business partners to further develop the Uganda agriculture with the assistance of Dutch companies.


A lot of visitors in the Holland Village during the three day Expo

Overall we look back on a successful trade mission. We hereby thank all participating companies and partners. For questions regarding this trade mission or any other relating matter you could contact Joost van Dam or Steven Smit.

Following multiple succesful editions, the NEC organised once again a Holland Pavilion at the Growtech Eurasia 2018 in Antalya, Turkey. The fair itself took place from 28th November to 1st December and a total of 7 Dutch companies participated in this pavilion.

The Growtech Eurasia is focussed on the Turkish market and its large hinterland. The fair is therefore very internationally oriented. Among others exhibitors and visitors from the neighbouring European countries, the Middle East and North Africa came to the fair. The fair has seen a stark growth over the past couple of years and the number of visitors, exhibitors and amount of m2 exhibiting space increases annually.

The Holland Pavilion was officially opened by the Dutch Ambassador in Turkey, H.E. mrs. Marjanne de Kwaasteniet.

 

That same day the Dutch participants at the Holland Pavilion took place in matchmaking sessions at the pavilion with a Palestinian delegation, whom came to visit the Growtech Eurasia with the Dutch embassy.

During the fair both new and existing contacts were both created and intensified.

Due to the success and the high level of interest from the Netherlands for the Growtech Eurasia 2019, the NEC will organise in 2019 once again a Holland Pavilion at this fair. If you’d like to obtain further information about the fair and possibilities for participation in the Holland Pavilion 2019, please get in contact with Joost van Dam – dam@nec.nl

On the Biennale Kortrijk 2018 the Netherlands Export Combination in partnership with the Dutch Embassy in Belgium organized a Dutch Design Lounge in the theme of Upcycling & Functional Redesign. It was a great success!

The Dutch Design Lounge showcased the international audience the Netherlands is a frontrunner in transforming circular concepts into stunning designs. The ten selected creations covered a broad array of possibilities in Upcycling & Functional Redesign which inspired the visitors as well as exhibitors. Some visitors even claimed the Dutch Design Lounge had the most surprising and value-driven stand on the entire exhibition in Kortrijk.

 

The Dutch ambassador in Belgium Maryem van den Heuvel visted the Dutch Design Lounge to meet and talk with the ten Dutch Designers. She was amazed by the diversity of the creations, whether it were remade ceramics, reused fish skin and building rubble or redesigned working clothes, wool, stadium seats, jeans and transport crates. She praised the perseverance with which the designers work to make these transformations possible.

 

The Netherlands Export Combination (NEC) is always pushing young Dutch designers to expand internationally and to show the world what drives these designers in contributing to a more sustainable and creative world. If you are interested in one of the ten designers or if you would like the NEC to organize a Dutch Design Lounge in a certain theme (e.g. Upcycling & Functional Redesign), please feel free to contact us on info@nec.nl or by calling to +31 (0)33 433 0131.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

The NEC-team.

 

After six successful participation in the Maison&Objet in Paris, the NEC chose to do it differently in the September edition of 2018. Because of the new section and hall layout it was no longer an option to have one country pavilion. As a consequence the NEC decided to have six Dutch Design pavilions on which twelve individual and collective labels presented their innovative designs. The six Dutch Design Pavilions were divided over the Maison pole and the Objet pole.

 

 

 

 

 

On the Objet pole KYWIE introduced here wine coolers made of sheepskin for the first time to the French audience, while LUNEdot and KLOQ were presenting their colourful candles and clocks. FOOOTY put together different bal shapes with its ‘Grab, Click, Play’ toy. And lastly, HAMMAM34 showed the beautiful collection of home textile and loungeware and Dutch Brands Collective  collectie en Dutch Brands Collective displayed numerous products of the 50 designers the label represents.

 

 

On the Maison pole, Frederik Roije shared his latest product the ‘Beaming Bobber’ to the International audience on his individual Dutch Design Pavilion. Furthermore, there was a larger Dutch Design Pavilion on which five contemporary designers and designer labels showcased their interior products. PUIK design, TWO-O, Silhouet Lighting, New Citizen Design and Reinders! presented what the Netherlands has to offer when it comes to interior design.

 

 

The NEC looks back on an interesting edition of the Maison&Objet, an edition that provided perspective for the Dutch designers!

Are you curious to find out what the NEC could do for you? Please contact Steven Smit or Joost van Dam on telephone number +31 (0)33 433 0131.

De Netherlands Export Combinatie organized in collaboration with the Task Force Health Care a matchmaking event at the congresstival World of Health Care in September 2018. Several Dutch companies in the Life Sciences & Health sector spoke with high-level representatives from Brazil, Colombia, Germany, France, Scandinavia, Ukraine, Indonesia, India and the USA about possible partnerships.

        

The Dutch Life Sciences and Health sector is internationally known. Not only because of  technological and other innovations, but because it performs very well sector wide. It is with good reason the Netherlands ranks number 1 in the Euro Health Consumer Index for five years already. This was confirmed by the enthusiasm of the country delegations. These were impressed by the developments in among others e-Health, Hospital Design & Build, Medical Devices, Public Health and Medical Technology. Hopefully this will bring about more internationalisation of the Dutch Life Sciences and Health sector.

 

De NEC would like to thank the participants of the matchmaking and the Task Force Health Care. We are already looking forward to the World of Health Care in 2019, see you then!

The Netherlands Export Combination organised in April 2018 a Holland Pavilion at the Food and Hotel Asia. The fair took place from 24th-27th April in Singapore. For the second time the NEC organised a collective participation to this fair.

During the fair the agricultural council of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Singapore organised a network reception to strengthen the economic bonds between both countries in the sector.

The Holland Pavilion at the FHA Singapore 2018 had seventeen participating Dutch companies. Besides the Pavilion another nine Dutch companies were present elsewhere at the fair. The fair was well visited all four days, this edition existed of 3,500 exhibitors coming from 76 countries with over 81,000 international visitors.

We can look back on a successful fair, where the Dutch companies were able to introduce their products to the Asian market.

Are you thinking about participating in 2020? Please get in contact with Carianne de Boer. The FHA HoReCa will take place from 3rd-6th March 2020, the FHA Food & Beverage will take place from 31st March to 3rd April 2020.

Following previous succesful editions of the Growtech Eurasia, the NEC organised once more a Holland Pavilion at this fair in Antalya, Turkey. The fair took place from 29th November to 2nd December and a total of 7 horti companies took place in the Holland Pavilion.

The Growtech Eurasia is focussed on the Turkish market and its large hinterland and the fair is also very internationally oriented. Among others exhibitors and visitors from the neighbouring European countries, the Middle East and North Africa came to the fair. The fair has seen a stark growth in the past couple of years and the number of visitors, exhibitors and amount of m2 exhibiting space increases annually.

During the fair both new and existing contacts were coming from several countries. In particular many parties from Iran attended the fair and visited the Pavilion following the business matchmaking events from the incoming trade mission from Iran.

Due to the success and the high level of interest from the Netherlands for the Growtech Eurasia 2018, the NEC will organise in 2018 once again a Holland Pavilion at this fair. If you’d like to obtain further information about the fair and possibilities for participation in the Holland Pavilion 2018, please get in contact with Joost van Dam

The Netherlands Export Combination (NEC) organised a Holland Pavilion at the SIAL Middle East (SIAL ME), a fair which took place from 12th-14th December 2017, in Abu Dhabi. The SIAL ME is part of the SIAL network, a leading worldwide network of shows focussed on the food- and drinks industry.

By participating in the Holland Pavilion the exhibiting companies got the opportunity to meet, together with partner companies, potential business relations and to build several business contacts. In the middle of the pavilion a lounge was created, which is a place where pavilion participating companies could hold conversations. In cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dubai some extra Holland branding was offered, e.g. via a flyer (which was handed to pavilion visitors) and a banner. This was all done to create extra promotion and awareness of the Holland Pavilion.

Some statistics about the SIAL ME 2017:

  • Number of exhibitors: 900+
  • National pavilions: 30+
  • Number of visitors: 16.000+
  • Number of VIP top buyers: 500

For further information about the SIAL ME, please get in contact with Joost van Dam.

The Netherlands Export Combination once again organised in September 2017 a Holland Pavilion at the Maison et Objet fair, which took place from 8th to 12th September 2017. The Maison et Objet is a prestigious design fair which takes place twice a year. With over 3.100 exhibitors and over 80.000 visitors this fair is one of the biggest fairs globally.

This year the Holland Pavilion was located in Hall 7, the design hall. The design pavilion offered designers and designing companies the opportunity to present themselves, to meet potential clients and to make new business contacts.

   

The Holland Pavilion was situated in the middle of the hall’s design area and was very well visible due to the high stand designs (5 meters tall). Eighteen Dutch designers and designing companies participated in the Pavilion. The busiest fair days were Saturday and Monday, and these days meant all help was welcome to be able to speak with the amount of interested people visiting the Pavilion.

A network reception was organised on Saturday 9th September in cooperation with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Paris. During the network event the Dutch exhibitors of the Holland Pavilion got the opportunity to get in contact with the Embassy’s guests, the Atelier Néerlandais, potential buyers, visitors and other exhibitors.

  

To get further information about the fair, please get in contact with Joost van Dam

The successful fair – Greentech 2018 took place from Tuesday the 12th of June till Thursday the 14th. The Greentech is the international trade fair with horticulture products and solutions, inspiring sessions on cutting edge topics and an in-depth look at the technology of the future, where you gain an overview of business opportunities in horticulture and can make informed, investment decisions. Beside several Dutch companies and multiple international companies, the Netherlands Export Combination was also represented with their own stand.

 

Alongside gaining knowledge on new horticultural technologies, the NEC was also present to discuss the latest business opportunities in foreign countries, successful exhibitions with Dutch pavilion possibilities and outgoing trade missions to prosperous countries.

 

Would you like to have further information regarding our activities?  Please get in contact with Joost van Dam.

The Netherlands Export Combination organised a Holland Lounge at the Iran Food Bev Tec in June at the Iran Agrofood fair in Tehran. This lounge was organised by the commissioning of the Topsector Agri & Food and in collaboration with East West Trade.

The Holland Lounge was particularly focussed on the Dutch potato sector, a sector which sees an increasing interest and demand for know-how in Iran. During the fair the agricultural council of the Dutch embassy in Tehran organised a network reception to strengthen the economical bonds between both countries in this sector.

Several presentations and seminars about the Dutch potato sector were given in the Holland Lounge to interested Iranian companies and institutes, to show what the Dutch potato sector could mean to the Iranian potato sector.

The Holland Pavilion at the Iran Food Bev Tec consisted of seven participating companies. Besides the Pavilion there were several other Dutch companies attending the fair with their own stand. The fair was well visited on all fair days.

We can look back on a successful fair, on which the Dutch companies were able to introduce their products to the Iranian market and where the Iranian potato sector gained more knowledge and awareness about the Dutch potato sector.

Would you like to have further information about this fair? Please get in contact with mister Joost van Dam.

2017Holland PavilionFrancePrivate label
2016Holland PavilionTurkeyHorticulture
2016Holland PavilionSaudi ArabiaAgro
2016Holland PavilionChinaFood
2016Holland PavilionIranHorticulture
2016Holland PavilionFranceCreative
2016Holland PavilionSingaporeFood
2016Holland PavilionFrancePrivate label
2016Holland PavilionUnited Arab EmiratesAgriculture
2016Holland PavilionUnited Arab EmiratesAgriculture
2015Holland PavilionTurkeyHorticulture
2015Holland PavilionUnited StatesCreative
2015Holland PavilionUnited Arab EmiratesCreative
2015Holland PavilionFranceCreative
2015Holland PavilionUnited Arab EmiratesAgriculture
2015Holland PavilionUnited Arab EmiratesAgriculture
2014Holland PavilionTurkeyHorticulture
2014Holland PavilionFranceCreative
2014Holland PavilionUnited Arab EmiratesAgriculture
2014Holland PavilionAmsterdamHorticulture
2013Holland PavilionTurkeyHorticulture
2013Holland PavilionRussiaAgriculture

The NEC is the Dutch agent for various international trade organisations. Dutch companies that want to participate in or have questions about one of these shows can be assisted by us. The NEC ensures that all matters, from the contract to the furnishing of the stand, are taken care of by the relevant trade organisation. A Holland Pavilion will also be constructed at a number of these shows. These shows can be found under “Upcoming trade shows”. Below is a list of trade shows represented by the NEC:

  • Food and Hotel Asia, Singapore (Overseas Exhibition Services Ltd)
  • FHC China (Overseas Exhibition Services Ltd)
  • HOFEX (Overseas Exhibition Services Ltd)
  • F&H Vietnam (Overseas Exhibition Services Ltd)
  • South Korea (SFH) (Overseas Exhibition Services Ltd)
  • F&H Indonesia (Overseas Exhibition Services Ltd)
  • F&H Thailand (FHT) (Overseas Exhibition Services Ltd)
  • AgraME (Informa Exhibitions)
  • Saudi Agriculture (Riyad Exhibitions Company)
  • Agritec Africa
  • Growtech Eurasia
  • BIG 7 Food Expo South Africa
  • MADE* France
  • Bakery Expo China
  • World Food Warsaw
  • Sahara Agriculture Exhibition

 

You can contact us for more information about these trade shows and the application forms for participation with an individual or collective stand.

The NEC advises in international business processes and assists entrepreneurs in their export approach. The NEC also implements various subsidy projects for the Dutch government. These services are available to companies that are registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, the NEC also advises foreign companies wishing to enter the Dutch market or wanting to become more involved in the market.

Since its initiation, the NEC has administered the “Starters International Business” (SIB) export subsidy. This subsidy was established by the RVO for starting exporters or exporters who wish to enter a new market. The NEC has been designated as administrators of this initiative because of its substantial experience in international business. NEC consultants have conducted over 200 SIB projects in various sectors. This settlement is available once and free of charge for Dutch merchants.

As part of the SIB subsidy, Dutch companies may request a mission voucher which is made available by the RVO. This voucher has a maximum value of € 1,500 excl. VAT and can be used as a discount for participation in a collective trade mission or trade show. The voucher can be used for participation in trade missions and trade shows that are organised by the NEC. A voucher may be requested once per year, per company. This subsidy initiative has an annual limit, so: first come first serve.

Would you like to know if you qualify for a mission voucher or export advice? Do you have any other questions? Please contact us for more information

The NEC may also offer advice pertaining to other sources of funding such as Partners for International Business (PIB) and the subsidy regulation for demonstration projects, feasibility studies and preparatory studies for investments (DHI).

4 Export Plan
You do not qualify for an export subsidy but would like individual advice for your international plans? The NEC has developed a 4-step plan that allows you to enter the Dutch or international market which is called `the 4 Export Plan`!

The 4 steps are as follows: market research, partner selection, visiting the market, follow-up. The plan provides a structured yet practical approach to finding and interpreting market information and finding and selecting suitable buyers, such as agents, distributors and partners.
During this process, the following questions will be answered:
• How do I enter a particular market?
• Who are the most important contacts for me in the sector?
• What are the trends and developments in my sector in this region?
• Which potential partners are there in the market?
• Are intermediaries or end customers in the region interested in my product?
• Is there a party interested in bringing my products to the market?

An NEC advisor would be happy to discuss what your possibilities are within the “4 Export Plan” with you. Contact us

 

Please read below for more information regarding the 4 steps:

The first step is market research. This can consist of a comparison of countries or a specific agricultural and market analysis. A strategy for entering the market in a particular country will be established. In conducting this research, the NEC makes active use of its international network such as local network partners, local branch organisations, local governments, and others. The research results are reported and discussed. If desired, a concrete action plan for the following step(s) will also be prepared.

As second step, a profile of the potential partner(s) will be created. This profile is then used by the NEC in actively creating a long list of potential customers, business contacts, partnership firms and so on. Together, the long list is reviewed and a shortlist is created of selected companies that meet the profile best.

The companies on the short list (from step 2) will be actively approached in step 3 through the channels appropriate to the specific country. Discussions with interested companies will be further developed and visits brought to the market in question. The visit is performed solely by the NEC or jointly with the Dutch party.
Interested companies are sought out during the visit. After the trip, the discussions are evaluated and a strategy determined that ultimately will lead to the appointment of the agent or distributor or the signing of a sales contract with an end consumer. The NEC then, in mutual agreement, develops the contracts which thereafter can be signed.

As a final step, measures are taken to ensure that the appointed partner is actively working for you and will continue to do so. Actions may also be carried out relating to the internal organisation, certifications, promotional materials, translations, pricing structure, payment terms, delivery terms, quotes, specifications, adaptations, keeping the distributor on his/her toes, and similar.

The NEC is more and more involved in the Circular Economy (CE). As a connecting actor, the NEC brings together the government, NGO’s, SME’s and the public in and outside the Netherlands. This integrated approach is needed if we want to make the transition towards a Circular Economy successful. In doing so, the NEC strongly focuses on the chances of international trade relations between Dutch and foreign enterprises.

We from the NEC believe that first the awareness should sharpened in order to have the support and involvement from both consumers and producers in becoming circular. To do so, we organise seminars and expositions together with interested parties such as with RVO, embassies, chambers of commerce, branch and trade organisations. The NEC is active in all sectors, but strongly focuses on the Agro & Food, Horti and Creative sector through many years of experience and expertise in these sectors.

A good example of an activity that the NEC has organised to further create awareness is the Dutch Design Lounge in the theme of Upcycling & Functional Redesign during the Biennale Kortrijk in 2018. The goal of this exposition was to address the magnitude of waste flows and what can be remade out of these flows. The NEC is now reusing this Dutch Design Lounge at different fairs throughout the world as a plug and play concept.

The main focus of the NEC is to actively assists Dutch and foreign enterprises in doing and creating international business. The NEC organises incoming and outgoing trade missions CE-wide, but also for specific subsectors such as Waste Management or the Agrofood System. In 2016 we have organized a trade mission to Australia in which a Dutch CE-delegation joined.

For more information on the services of the NEC, please contact Joost van Dam or Steven Smit.

The NEC organises annual conferences and courses regarding doing business in an international context for the front and back office, export managers and the organisation’s management. In doing so, the NEC works with branch parties, knowledgeable institutions or the Dutch government.

 Topics that will be covered during such trainings:

  • Selecting your business partner;
  • Successful participation in trade shows;
  • International sales pitch training;
  • Successful participation in a trade mission;
  • How to organise your (international) growth.

If you are interested in jointly organising a conference, please contact us.

On Thursday 06th November the Netherlands Export Combination (NEC) organised an Asia Food Event, in which Dutch companies were informed on the business opportunities in Asia. During this event several topics were discussed, among others trade fair participation, logistics, cultural differences and how to expand your business to this continent. Approximately 40 Dutch companies participated in this event.

Is your company also considering doing business in Asia and would you like to exchange thoughts on this? Please do get in contact with us!

Would you like to receive further information on this event, please get in contact with us via info@nec.nl or call us on +31 (0)33 433 0131.

The NEC-team.