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US$ 36.64bn
FDI inflow from April 2000 - March 2021

US$ 9,786mn

Bilateral Trade in 2020-21

240,000
Indian PIOs/NRIs live in the Netherlands

Economy

The Dutch economy has grown faster than the euro area average over the past few years, as per the International Monetary Fund.

STEM

Indo-Dutch collaboration in Science, Technology and Innovation has opened new markets in water, health, agriculture, high-tech systems and IT.

Innovation

R&D cooperation in healthcare, Big Data, AI, automation, and the Internet of Things, encouraged by both governments, has offered new opportunities.

Agriculture

An Indo-Dutch Centre of Excellence (CoE) in vegetables has been set up. There are opportunities in floriculture, horticulture, and dairy farming businesses.

Trade

The Netherlands is India’s 28th largest trading partner globally and the 6th largest trading partner in the EU. 20% of India's EU trade passes the nation.

India's Exports and Imports to Netherlands

Values in US$ Millions

S.No. \Year 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
1 EXPORT 6,324.72 4,725.10 5,069.69 6,261.14 8,812.84
2 %Growth -25.29 7.29 23.5 40.75
3 India’s Total Export 310,338.48 262,291.09 275,852.43 303,526.16 330,078.09
4 %Growth -15.48 5.17 10.03 8.75
5 %Share 2.04 1.8 1.84 2.06 2.67
6 IMPORT 2,802.90 1,859.90 1,895.71 2,512.63 4,062.80
7 %Growth -33.64 1.93 32.54 61.7
8 India’s Total Import 448,033.41 381,007.76 384,357.03 465,580.99 514,078.42
9 %Growth -14.96 0.88 21.13 10.42
10 %Share 0.63 0.49 0.49 0.54 0.79
11 TOTAL TRADE 9,127.63 6,585.00 6,965.40 8,773.76 12,875.64
12 %Growth -27.86 5.78 25.96 46.75
13 India’s Total Trade 758,371.89 643,298.84 660,209.46 769,107.15 844,156.51
14 %Growth -15.17 2.63 16.49 9.76
15 %Share 1.2 1.02 1.06 1.14 1.53
16 TRADE BALANCE 3,521.82 2,865.20 3,173.98 3,748.51 4,750.04
17 India’s Trade Balance -137,694.93 -118,716.67 -108,504.60 -162,054.83 -184,000.33

Indo Dutch Chamber of Business & Science

+91-9899167668

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64 Khan Market, First Floor New Delhi-110003

Netherlands-India Chamber of Commerce & Trade (NICCT)

+31-88 99 09 100

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WTC Business Center | Prinses Margrietplantsoen 33 | 2595 AM The Hague

Embassy of India, Hague, Netherlands

+31-70-3469771

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Buitenrustweg 2,
2517 KD The Hague

Embassy of India, Belgium, Luxembourg & the European Union

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+32-2-6409140, 6451850

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Embassy of India, 217, Chaussee de Vleurgat, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

Commercial Representatives for Belgium, Luxembourg & European Union

+32-2-6451856

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Dr. Smita Sirohi,
Adviser (Agriculture & Marine Products)

Opportunities

Agricultural exports

    Wine other than sparkling wine of fresh grapes, incl. fortified; grape must with fermentation prevented/arrested by the addition of alcohol, in containters of 2 l/less (220421)

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    Meat of bovine animals, fresh/chilled, boneless (020130)

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    Bread, pastry, cakes, biscuits & oth. bakers’ wares n.e.s. in ch.19, whethe … (190590)

    agriexchange.apeda.gov.in

    Maize (corn), other than seed (100590)
    Other wheat and meslin (100199)

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    Chocolate & oth. food preps. cont. cocoa (excl. of 1806.20-1806.32) (180690)
    Cocoa beans, whole/broken, raw/roasted (180100)

    agriexchange.apeda.gov.in

    Cheese (excl. of 0406.10-0406.40) (040690)

    agriexchange.apeda.gov.in

    Food preps., n.e.s. (210690)

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    Food preps., n.e.s. (210690)

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    Live plants, n.e.s., incl. their roots; mushroom spawn (060290)

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    Crustacean preparations; shrimps and prawns, prepared or preserved, not in airtight containers (160521)
    Crustaceans; frozen, shrimps and prawns, excluding cold-water varieties, In shell or not smoked, cooked or not before or during smoking in shell, cooked by steaming or by boiling in water (030617)
    Fish fillets, frozen, cod (Gadus morhua, Gadus ogac, Gadus macrocephalus) (030470)
    Fish preparations; tunas, skipjack and Atlantic bonito (sarda spp.), prepared or preserved whole or in places (but not minced) (160414)
    Fish; fresh or chilled, Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and Danube salmon (Hucho hucho), excluding fillets, livers, roes, and other fish meat of heading 0304 (030214)

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Employment Opportunities

*Information subject to changes amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Netherlands becoming increasingly popular with well-educated expats in search of a great career and lifestyle. Netherlands has a diverse job market. Netherlands has the second largest population of people of Indian origin in Europe (next only to UK).

    Project engineer, mechanical engineer, water engineer, technical engineer

    More than one-third jobs in Netherlands, between now and 2025, will be in high-level skilled professions like engineering, healthcare, science, business and teaching. Netherlands has the second highest demand for engineers globally, with about 13% of all job advertisements in the engineering sector.
    A sizeable number of Indian students undergoing education in the Netherlands at Engineering departments would be first considered for employment by Dutch companies.

    Immigration and Naturalisation Service, NetherlandsImmigration and Naturalisation Service, Netherlands - Highly skilled workers information

    Demand for professionals in childcare, nurses, hearing care professionals, opticians, optometrists and dental hygienists.
    According to figures from the Employee Insurance Agency UWV, in 2018 around 130,000 job openings will need to be filled in the upcoming years. Medical personnel need to have Dutch/ equivalent qualifications and Dutch language proficiency. One will have to apply to the relevant competent authority for admission to professional practice. Work permits for those without matching qualifications will take time; additional examinations are also required.

    Immigration and Naturalisation Service, NetherlandsMinistry of Health

    Demand for developers/programmers in specific programming languages, security specialists and business analysts.

    There is a lot of demand for employment in the IT sector/ ICT sector.
    Demand for ICT professionals with added skills like security, health, education for eg. electronic interior designer. Software and application developers and analysts, and information and communication technology service managers.

    Well-trained specialists in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are currently in high demand, with the yearly number of vacancies increasing up to 37,000 until 2020, which is a 1.2% growth.

    Immigration and Naturalisation Service, NetherlandsImmigration and Naturalisation Service, Netherlands - Highly skilled workers information

    Secondary education teachers, primary school, early childhood teachers & other teaching professionals are in demand.

    Lack of inflow from teacher training programs has led to acute shortages in this field.In 2019, 1400 unfilled vacancies were reported. However, proficiency in Dutch language is essential for teaching in local schools as education is in the Dutch medium
    If one wants to work as a teacher in the Netherlands using a foreign diploma, one must apply for recognition of the diploma by the Dutch Government. This is only possible if the diploma is equivalent to a similar Dutch diploma.

    Immigration and Naturalisation Service, NetherlandsForeign diploma in the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)

priority sectors

Here are the leading sectors of opportunities for foreign investors

Top Import/ Export Items

India's top import from Netherlands
  • Metalliferrous ores and metal scrap
  • Plastics
  • General industrial machinery
India's top export to Netherlands
  • Petroleum products and related materials
  • Articles of apparel and clothing textile yarns, fabrics and made-up articles
  • Organic chemicals
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Electrical machinery

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