Open a Company for Selling Flowers in the Netherlands

Open a Company for Selling Flowers in the Netherlands

Open a Company for Selling Flowers in the Netherlands

Are you ready to start a business in selling flowers in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands is one of the biggest flower markets in the world. Every year the country imports around €700 million’s worth of flowers, and exports more than €6 billion. And it’s not just about the Netherlands’ famous tulips, flowers from all over Africa and South America make their way to the local flower markets, and are sold in specialty shops, supermarkets and by street vendors, to name a few. 

These, along with the strong export trade, provide great opportunities for investment and you should get in on the action in this blooming market.

Our consultants at INCO are experts in Dutch company formation and the opportunities in the selling of in the Netherlands. We can offer you great advice about setting up a company selling flowers in the Netherlands. Don’t wait, call us now!

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How do I set up a flower 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 flower businesses, the numbers are as follows (depending on the type of operation):
    Section G; Division 46, 47; Group 46.2, 47.7; Class 46.22, 47.76.

  • Once a company such as a Dutch BV has been registered, you have to apply for the appropriate licenses.

  • If you plan on importing flowers to sell, you must verify that the flowers that you intend to import are allowed to enter the Netherlands.

  • You need to obtain a phytosanitary export certificate from the Dutch government should you wish to sell flowers to customers in foreign countries.

  • Selling flowers in the local retail sector, such as in shops or through street traders may require certain licenses.

We are experts in Dutch company formation in the selling of flowers, and we can help you to obtain the correct licenses and certificates to start a Dutch business to sell flowers. Call us now!

Why choose INCO to help you to start a flower business in the Netherlands?

  • INCO has helped many people to set up a flower business in the Netherlands.

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

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

  • An INCO consultant can help you to draw up an effective business plan so you can start a Dutch company and start selling flowers as soon as possible.

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

  • Because we are a Dutch company, we know the Dutch flower market well and we can guide you to set up a business, such as a Dutch BV in the Netherlands quickly and fuss-free. This makes INCO the best local business partner for your flower business in the Netherlands.

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

We are the ultimate local business partners for your flower business.

Frequently asked questions:

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


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

  • One of the world’s greatest flower producers.

  • State-of-the-art infrastructure and logistics expertise to distribute flowers.

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

  • Relatively easy to start a Dutch business selling flowers.

  • Mildly competitive market provides opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses to succeed.

How long does it take to start a flower company in the Netherlands?

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

Can I start a flower 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 excited about starting a flower business in the Netherlands, but you are unsure whether the market is the right one? Or if you are considering other EU countries like Portugal or Sweden, feel free to schedule a free consultation with one of our Dutch business development agents to discuss why the flower 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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