With its central location, excellent ports and logistics (including the largest port in Europe), highly skilled English-speaking workforce, and government incentives for foreign investment, The Netherlands stands as one of the best jurisdictions for cross-border expansion or start–up.
The Netherlands has a healthy, sable political and economic environment. The sectors with high investment potential in the Netherlands include computer software and services, car parts and accessories, seaport/airport security equipment and systems, transport and distribution, aircraft parts and associated machinery, medical equipment/supplies, and pollution control equipment.
The region has also set a target for 100% of its electricity to come from renewable sources by 2050.
Whilst there are no specific regulatory restrictions on foreign direct investment into the Netherlands, many investments are considered high-risk/high yield and specific considerations include high labour costs and a small internal market. It does however remain an attractive location for foreign investors, ranking 42/190 in the Ease of Doing Business Index.
The regulatory framework seeks to enhance the competitiveness of its business fabric and promote a creative and innovative environment for new business. However, the effectiveness of the system itself requires a deep knowledge of the context and the legislative details, both in tax and labour matters, which is why partnering with an expert outsourcing provider can be essential for expanding your business into the Netherlands.