Establish a Company in the FMCG Sector in the Netherlands

Establish a Company in the FMCG Sector in the Netherlands

Establish a Company in the FMCG Sector in the Netherlands

Are you excited to start an FMCG business in the Netherlands? The Dutch economy is one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe, making it an important player in the worldwide fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market. The Netherlands is known for its logistics and transportation expertise and its state-of-the-art infrastructure that includes the Port of Rotterdam, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, as well as the junction of two of Europe’s main transportation rivers.

This, along with the increasingly sustainable production or procurement of consumer goods makes it the perfect place for investors to start a Dutch company in the FMCG sector.

The most popular of these include the manufacture and/or sale of the following products:

  • Foodstuff

  • Beverages and tobacco

  • Non-specialized products

INCO’s consultants are experts in business development in the Netherlands and they can help you to start a Dutch business to identify specific opportunities that starting an FMCG business in the Netherlands hold. Our expert consultants can help you to take advantage of these opportunities and help your investment grow. Call one of our consultants now!

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How do I set up an FMCG company in the Netherlands

  • The first thing you have to do when starting a Dutch business is to register a Dutch company with the Dutch Trade Register, which must include the mandatory NACE (Nomenclature of Economic Activities) number. For FMCG businesses, the numbers are as follows (depending on the type of operation):
    Section G; Divisions 46 - 47; Groups 46.3, 47.2, 47.8 - 47.9; Classes 46.31 - 46.39; 47.21 - 47.29; 47.81 - 47.89; 47.91.

  • One of the most registered types of companies to start a Dutch business in the FMCG sector is the limited liability company, or Dutch BV.

  • Once a business has been registered, you need to obtain for relevant licenses:

  • License from local municipal authorities to market FMCG products.

  • Import licenses if you plan on importing FMCG goods

  • Special licenses to sell goods like tobacco, food, and beverages.

It can be confusing to determine which licenses you require when starting an FMCG business in the Netherlands. Our company formation agents know what licenses you will need and will help you to obtain them quickly and easily. Call us today!

Why choose INCO to help you to start an FMCG business in the Netherlands?

  • INCO has helped plenty of people to set up an FMCG business in the Netherlands.

  • Our agents have a lot of experience with the process of incorporating a company, including starting a Dutch BV, and they know the formalities of starting an FMCG business in the Netherlands.

  • We can connect you to the relevant authorities and regulatory bodies and provide you with business development services.

  • We can help you to draw up a strong business plan so you can start a Dutch company and start operating as soon as possible.

  • INCO can help you to secure funding for your FMCG business.

  • Because INCO is a Dutch company, we know the Dutch FMCG market well and can guide you to set up a business, such as a Dutch BV in the Netherlands, quickly and effortlessly. This makes us the best local business partner for your business in the Netherlands.

  • When you start a business in the Netherlands, you are going to need skilled employees. We can connect you to top recruitment agencies to ensure that you get the best talent for your business.

We are the best local FMCG business partners you could ever wish for. Call now!

Frequently asked questions:

Do I require a license to operate an FMCG business in the Netherlands?


Why is The Netherlands such a good place to start an FMCG business?

  • Europe has one of the most competitive FMCG markets in Europe.

  • Cutting edge infrastructure and logistics expertise.

  • One of the fastest-growing economies in Europe.

  • Dutch government to ensure that the market stays fair and stable.

  • The Netherlands has a very stable and resilient business environment.

  • Highly skilled workforce.

How long does it take to start an FMCG company in the Netherlands?

Starting a Dutch company usually takes between 2-5 days, but since you require a license to run a financial company in the Netherlands, it may take a bit longer. Call us to find out more.

Can I start an FMCG business in the Netherlands as a non-Dutch or EU citizen?

Yes. The Dutch government allows foreigners to start a Dutch company or bring their existing business from abroad. However, certain legal conditions apply.

Are you enthusiastic about starting an FMCG business in the Netherlands, but you are unsure whether the market is the right one? Or if you are considering other EU countries like Greece or France, feel free to schedule a free consultation with one of our Dutch business development agents to discuss why the FMCG sector in the Netherlands is the perfect place to start a Dutch company.

We can help you determine your business proposition, as well as the services you aim to provide and give input and expert guidance on how to present this to the Dutch market.


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