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The corona crisis and international business

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK

Each country is taking measures to support entrepreneurs cope with the corona crisis. The consequences for your business depend on the measures taken by the country you do business in or with. The European Commission, meanwhile, has launched a package of measures to support businesses, plus guidelines to continue to ensure free movement of goods.

Corona information and support per country

Several Chambers of Commerce and national corona websites are listed here. Also, you will find a link to the country information published by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) where it is available. The list is not complete, but is constantly updated.

Business loan for Dutch companies

If you have a company in the Netherlands, but live abroad inside the EER or Switzerland, you can apply for a business loan for your company from the municipality of Maastricht. This is part of the Tozo scheme. You cannot make use of the Tozo cost of living support, only of the business loan. To apply for cost of living support, contact the social services of the country where you live.

Germany

On the German Chamber of Commerce (Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammertag, DIHK) website you can find an overview of the current developmentsExternal link, frequently asked questionsExternal link (FAQ) about the corona crisis by entrepreneurs and an overview of the situation in other global regionsExternal link. You can also watch the webinarExternal link ‘Navigator’, in which you can find answers to questions about the corona crisis and its impact on businesses in other countries.

See also: the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) information on doing business with GermanyExternal link.

Austria

The Austrian Chamber of Commerce (Wirtschaftskammer ÖsterreichExternal link, WKO) provides on overview with FAQExternal link, which is available in other languages, such as EnglishExternal link and TurkishExternal link. On the website you can also find a general checklistExternal link for companies affected by the corona crisis. WKO also gives an overview with the situation in other countriesExternal link, a list of support measures for each business sectorExternal link and various webinarsExternal link for international businesses.

Luxembourg

The Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce’s measures to support businesses can be found hereExternal link. You can also call the business helpline for corona related questions.

France

The French Chamber of Commerce (Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie , CCI) provides an overviewExternal link with government measures and a FAQExternal link for entrepreneurs.

See also: the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) information on doing business with FranceExternal link.

Belgium

The Brussels Chamber of Commerce (BECI)External link offers an emergency number and a brief overview page with information about the corona crisis. The Flemish Chamber of Commerce (VOKA) also has an overviewExternal link page an FAQExternal link, and a pageExternal link on how to apply for the support measures. Several Walloon Chamber of Commerce provide newsExternal link and informationExternal link on a daily basis.

See also: the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) information on doing business with BelgiumExternal link.

Ireland

The Irish Chamber of Commerce Chambers offers an overview pageExternal link and has published a list of useful sourcesExternal link of information.

United Kingdom (during Brexit transition phase)

The British Chamber of Commerce has set up a so-called Coronavirus Hub. The Coronavirus hub contains an overview with questions and answers, including government measuresExternal link.

On the website of the British government itself, there is also a dedicated business support portalExternal link dealing with the corona measures. There you will also find an online toolExternal link to quickly find out for which schemes you are eligible, if you are UK-based.

See also: the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) information on doing business with the UKExternal link.

USA

Check the Netherlands Enterprise Agency website for information on doing business with the United States of AmericaExternal link.

Travel restrictions lifted for some countries

The travel restrictions that are in place for travel into the Netherlands have been lifted for a small number of countries per 1 July (read which ones hereExternal link - in Dutch). For all other non-EEA countries, they remain in place until at least 15 July. The restrictions apply to travellers without valid residence permits or visa. An exception to the ban is in place for food, medicine and medical equipment transports. Read the article on The Netherlands and youExternal link for full details on who is and who is not allowed to travel into the Netherlands.

European Commission initiatives

The European Commission is taking extensive measures to help reduce the impact of the coronavirus on health and economy across the EU. These are divided into different areas:

Enterprise Europe Network: Care & Industry together against Corona - online platform

EEN hosts the international online Care & Industry together against CoronaExternal link platform, designed to bring together healthcare and industry businesses from all over the EU, in an effort to:

  1. Gather and showcase initiatives, offers and needs in the short term
  2. Foster interaction between healthcare, industry, support organisations, government, academia and others
  3. Maximise the reliability of the proposals

If you have a business and would like to connect with other businesses to develop a product, help each other out with advice, or gain access to international markets, you can become a member of the platform. Topics include corona measures and support, emergency medicine and hygiene, but also IT, gaming technology, and consumer goods. The platform will be available until at least 31 December 2020.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK