Dutch Businesses Failing to Claim Reduced Duties under FTA?

April 2018

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has opened a review of Dutch companies’ use of Free Trade Agreements, and in particular which bottlenecks they encounter. The reason for this is that Dutch companies appear to make less use of trade agreements than companies in other EU Member States. The Ministry wishes to gain insight into possible challenges that companies experience when they make use of Free Trade Agreements. A survey was launched for this purpose last month and round table discussions are being organised.

Free Trade Agreements remove trade barriers, such as import duty payments and time-consuming border procedures. However, research in the Netherlands shows that companies are not always familiar with the content of these agreements or make use of them.

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