The Netherlands

Dutch agriculture is highly intensive and export focused. Total agricultural exports for 2015 are estimated at $78.3 billion making the Netherlands the second largest exporter of food and agriculture. The temperate climate, fertile soils, and educated labor force make the Netherlands a highly productive agricultural producer; however, the large and sophisticated food processing industry accounts for a significant portion of exports. The Netherlands is a small country geographically, but with the Port of Rotterdam and the confluence of four major rivers, the EU traders and importers are here.

Trade Show Matchmaking
Each year, FAS The Hague participates in several European trade shows that we think will provide the best exposure and marketing opportunities to U.S. companies and producers in Europe for access to the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland. We are planning on attending one or more of the following trade shows where we will provide matchmaking services, market intelligence, and assistance.
1. Food Ingredients Europe, Frankfurt, November 28-30, 2017 - FAS The Hague will facilitate introductions of Dutch and Nordic buyers to U.S. companies at the show.
2. Fruit Logistica, Berlin, February 7-9, 2018 - FAS The Hague will facilitate introductions of Dutch and Nordic buyers to U.S. companies at the show.
3. ISM, Cologne, January 28-31, 2018 - FAS The Hague will facilitate introductions of Dutch and Nordic buyers to U.S. companies at the show.

U.S. Embassy, The Hague
Covers the Netherlands and Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Upcoming Events

September 19, 2018 - September 21, 2018 – Paris
October 21, 2018 - October 25, 2018 – Paris
Strategic Marketing Workshop
November 28, 2018 - November 30, 2018 – Wassenaar
Fruit Logistica 2019
February 06, 2019 - February 08, 2019 – Berlin
February 13, 2019 - February 16, 2019 – Nuremberg

Past Events

SUSTA Webinar
September 05, 2018 – Wassenaar
Seafood Expo Global
April 24, 2018 - April 26, 2018 – Bruxelles
International Sweet Potato Week 2018
March 21, 2018 - March 31, 2018

Reports for the Netherlands

The Best High-Value Products Prospects (Million USD)

Commodity/Code Imports, 2017, million USD Imports from U.S.,2017,  million USD (U.S. market share) Key Constraints to Market Development Market Attractiveness for USA

Tomato Paste HS200290

116 26 (23%) Competition from Italy, Spain and Portugal Strong demand from food manufacturers
Dried Prunes HS081320 17 6 (35%) A dried prune is a more expensive snack than sweets or a savory snack.  U.S. dried prunes face competition from Argentina and Chile Dried prunes benefit from a healthy image.  They are also a healthy snack replacement for sweets.  Growing demand from food manufacturers and snack industry

Chickpeas HS071320

16 0,08 (0.5%) The older and more traditional consumer is unfamiliar with hummus or when to use chickpeas The younger and more traveled consumers simply love hummus and use chickpeas in soups, salads, and meals

Food Preparations HS210690

1,494 209 (14%) Competition from producers based in the EU Food companies are looking for unique, new and innovative food preparations

Orange Juice HS200919

522 8 (2%) Brazil dominates the Dutch market.  There is additional competition from South Africa and Argentina Growing demand for natural flavors and as an ingredient in smoothies

Edible Fats & Oils HS151790

190 81 (43%) The United States dominates the Dutch market.  There is competition from Belgium, Germany and Switzerland

Food companies are looking for unique, new and innovative edible fats & oils products

Mixtures Odoriferous substances














76 (19%)







Competition from Ireland, Germany, France, the U.K. and Belgium







Food companies are looking for flavoring powders, syrups and concentrates







Peptones & Derivatives HS350400

221 66 (30%) Competition from Belgium, France, Germany, New Zealand, Hungary and China Food companies are looking for savory flavors