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Foreign markets databases

This information is provided by:Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVONetherlands Enterprise Agency RVONetherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVKNetherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK

Are you looking for new markets abroad, but have not decided on which country yet? Or are you looking for information on rules and regulations, the economic climate or promising business sectors in a specific country? Much of the information on offer comes from renowned international databases. Some of these databases you can access directly, others require a login.

Eurostat Business Sector Profile

Eurostat, the EU Statistics Bureau, offers Business Sector Profile, a dashboard on which you can find extensive information on branches and themes across the EU of per EU member state. You can use it, for example, to find out how large the import and export market is in any given EU country per product category.

Export Markets tool and Landeninformatie

No doubt you have certain ideas about the countries you want to trade with: should they be near the Netherlands, or doesn't it matter? What should the purchasing power per head of the population be? There are many considerations, and only you know which ones are important for you. The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KVK) has developed the Export Markets tool, that allows you to set the criteria and their weight, to determine which countries could be of most interest to you.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency offers information per country: landeninformatie (in Dutch).

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

SMEs in the Netherlands can freely access the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Country Commerce reports through the website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. These reports contain information on the local rules and regulations for investing and doing business in circa 50 countries.

Create a login, 2-step method

  1. Are you listed as an SME in the Dutch Business Register? Then you can apply digitally to gain access to the reports. EIU rules apply.
  2. After 1 or 2 working days, you’ll receive an email containing your login. You can then access the Country Commerce reports.

International Trade Centre (ITC)

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency holds the Dutch ITC-database TradeMap licence. This database offers data on trade flows and figures of goods and services (import and export). The information is available exclusively to businesses and organisations resident in the Netherlands.

Create a login, 2-step method

  1. Is your company or organisation based in the Netherlands? Then you can apply online to gain access to TradeMap.
  2. You will receive an access link, user name and login within two working days.

German Trade & Invest (GTAI)

German Trade & Invest (GTAI) is the agency for the promotion of foreign trade and investments in Germany. The website offers news and sector reports on foreign markets in English.

Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI)

The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) offers information about several sectors in the European Union. Their aim is to stimulate imports from developing countries. The CBI publishes market information per country, as well as EU rules and regulations. You can find reports on several sectors, including:

  • agricultural and food industry
  • consumer goods
  • electronics
  • medical and pharmaceutical industry
  • machines and equipment
  • textile industry