Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce (DACC) is pleased to invite applications from any Scottish Business for this virtual trade mission to Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The Netherlands is the sixth largest economic power in the Eurozone and the fifth largest exporter of goods. The country is very open to trade and consequently to the global economic conjuncture. The economic surplus in the Netherlands is almost entirely due to its trade with the countries of the European Union. The country's main trade partners are Germany (22.4%), Belgium (10.2%), the United Kingdom (8.5%) and France (7.8%), while imports come chiefly from Germany (18.1%), Belgium (10.4%), China (9%) and the US (7.9%) 

The Netherlands is one of the major Gateways to importing goods to the EU, with 80% of Dutch exports go to other nations withing the EU and 70% of the imports come from the EU. The city of Rotterdam, the largest port city in Europe, is at the hub of roughly half the population of the EU, with almost 160 million people living within a 300-mile radius of the major port city. With high-tech industries and services, foreign trade is one of the main pillars of the Dutch economy, representing an impressive 158% of GDP in 2018 (World Bank), one of the most open and outward-oriented economies in the world. 

The Port of Rotterdam facilitates 14.5 million TEU per year, welcoming 30,000 sea vessels and creating 385,000 jobs. All major Western European centres are just 24 hours away. Aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050, the port is embracing sustainability, energy transition, digitalisation and innovation. The largest port in Europe also aims to be the world’s smartest. As the “Port of the Future”, the Port of Rotterdam embraces the latest technology to help make shipping more efficient and environmentally friendly. The port’s vision also focuses on sustainable economic development, ensuring that it is bringing societal value in more equitable ways.

Key sector opportunities 
Circular Economy
Energy Transition
Digitalisation & Innovation
Machinery & Equipment 
Computer & Information Technology (IT) Services 
Chemical Sciences 
Food & Drink 
Financial & Business Services 
Life Sciences  
Technology – Digital & Media  
Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing 
Fishing Industry 

Doing Business with the Netherlands
If you would like to learn more about the Netherlands, please check out the recording of our Doing Business in the Netherlands Webinar that took place on Wednesday 25th November 2020 - to view the recording please click here.

What is involved?
As part of this trade mission delegates will receive a training workshop before the trade mission to explore expectations, who they will be meeting with and what to expect when trading with the Netherlands.

There will be two themes to this mission: opportunities in & around the Port of Rotterdam, and the Circular Economy.

The mission itself will include market briefings on key opportunities in Rotterdam, sessions with industry specialists and advice on trading with the Netherlands as well as how to set up a business in the region. Virtual networking meetings with business organisations in Rotterdam; and virtual one-to-one business meetings with potential clients or trade partners in the Netherlands, based on your company requirements.

Who can apply?
This mission is open to any company in Scotland looking to grow their international trade activity in the Netherlands. Companies do not need to be a member of a Chamber of Commerce

To participate in the mission, there is a £100 administration fee.

If you require further information please email

Rotterdam, Netherlands


Start: 07/09/2021
End: 09/09/2021


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