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Country report: The Netherlands

Europe’s gateway to the global economy

Broad-sweeping meadows, friendly people and bicycles as far as the eye can see. The laid-back calm which many Dutch people exude would not at first glance lead you to believe that the Dutch economy is on a continuous growth track. The country’s exemplary infrastructure offers Nagel Nederland the optimum basis for business activities.

As the gateway to the global economy, the Netherlands packs a powerful punch: with a surface area of just 41,500 square metres, it is relatively small compared to its German neighbour. But its size alone is no basis for judging the performance of this EU member state. As an established player in the food and agriculture sector, Dutch export trade in 2016 recorded a value of around 52.3 billion Euros, according to Germany Trade & Invest. The country’s outstanding infrastructure, which is to be further expanded in the future, is a great benefit to the economy.

Powerhouse on course for growth

The Dutch economy seems unstoppable. Driven by strong domestic demand from private households, and high capacity utilisation in the building and equipment sector, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung the country’s economy is currently ranked 17 in the world rankings.
Dutch exports are also more dynamic than the worldwide average. This is particularly due to the many re-exports which are boosted by the country’s strategically good position and Rotterdam’s port facilities, according to Germany Trade & Invest.

Hub for the world economy

The Netherlands’ infrastructure is already widely admired worldwide, and the government plans to further support growth and competitivity by focusing on road-building.
Rotterdam is home to the largest freight port in Europe, which makes the city a true economic metropolis. At 42 kilometers long, it is the hub for international flows of goods to and from Europe. According to its own statistics, hundreds of millions of tonnes of goods are transshipped here, destined for more than 1,000 different ports throughout the world in massive containers.

Efficient agriculture

The market for agricultural products and food leads the way, with a share of 15% of all exports. Last year this sector grew by 13.9%. According to the Dutch government’s website, 85 billion euros were spent on agricultural products, whereas 9 billion euros flowed into corresponding materials, training and technology.
Around three-quarters of the food produced in the Netherlands remains in Europe. These are mostly tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers which make their way from the greenhouse to European supermarkets. Meat and dairy products are also exported.

From pancakes to Gouda

The list of typical Dutch produce is long: “Hagelslag” (chocolate sprinkles), “Poffertjes” (mini-pancakes) and “Hollandse pot” (Dutch casserole) are just a few examples. The country is especially well known for its cheese. Gouda, Edam and Maasdammer are three well-known types. Cheese is firmly anchored in Dutch culture. In the town of Alkmaar, for instance, there is a famous cheese market every week, which attracts countless tourists all year round.

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Nagel Nederland – the international company in the Nagel-Group

In 1987 the Nagel-Group established its first international company in Europe with Nagel Nederland. The first site of the food logistics company was in Boxtel, in the south of the country. The logistics facilities at Raalte were added in 1992. This location continues to function as the headquarters of the Dutch branch today. In 2016 a further site at Waalwijk was added. With its offer of fresh, ultra-fresh, frozen and ambient temperature ranges, the logistics-provider covers all requirements.

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