Set Up a Dutch Company for Import Export of Flowers

Set Up a Dutch Company for Import Export of Flowers

Set Up a Dutch Company for Import Export of Flowers

Are you keen to invest in the blooming Dutch flower import/export market?

The Netherlands is known for its tulips, but these are not the only flowers the country is known for. In fact, the Netherlands is one of the most important flower import and export hubs in the world, exporting more than €6 billion worth of flowers, and importing in the region of €700 million flowers from Africa and South-America every year. The country’s state-of-the-art infrastructure, logistics expertise and geographical location within Europe are attracting a growing number of international investors, such as you!

In 2019 the Dutch government signed the IMVO/CSR covenant on floriculture that oversees the refinement and the production of horticulture products such as bulbs and cut flowers.

The import and export of flowers fall under the Dutch Commodities Act.

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

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How do I set up a flower import/export 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 import/export businesses, the numbers are as follows (depending on the type of operation):
    Section G; Divisions 46, 47; Groups 46.2, 47.7; Classes 46.22, 47.76.

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

  • In the case of imports, you must verify that the flowers you intend to import are allowed to enter the Netherlands.

  • Determine whether products for export need to show the European CE marking.

  • You also need to obtain a phytosanitary export certificate from the Dutch government.

  • It is recommended that you register intellectual property when exporting flowers from the Netherlands.

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

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

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

  • Our consultants have a lot of experience with the process of incorporating a company, including starting a Dutch BV, and they know all the ins and outs of starting a flower import/export business in the Netherlands.

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

  • We are business development experts and can help you to draw up a robust and profitable business plan so you can start a Dutch company and start seeing a return on your investment as soon as possible.

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

  • Because INCO is a Dutch company, we know the Dutch flower import/export market well and thus we can guide you to set up a business, such as a Dutch BV in the Netherlands swiftly and easily. 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 and experienced employees. We can connect you to top recruitment agencies to ensure that you get the best talent for your business.

We are the business partners you have been dreaming of. Call now!

Frequently asked questions:

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


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

  • One of the world’s greatest flower import and export markets.

  • Ideal geographical location for worldwide distribution of flowers.

  • Simplified customs requirements.

  • State-of-the-art infrastructure and logistics expertise.

  • The Netherlands has a very stable and resilient business environment

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

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

Can I start a flower import/export 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 ready to start a flower import/export business in the Netherlands, but you are not sure whether the market is the right one? 

Or if you are considering other EU countries like Italy or Germany, schedule a free consultation with one of our Dutch business development agents to discuss why the flower import/export 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 these services to the Dutch market.


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