South China Morning Post – Netherlands Shipping and Logistics Report 2012

The Netherlands is an open society with a keen eye on international business developments. From the expansion of the earliest trade routes, the Dutch have built a reputation for establishing successful commercial trading partnerships the world over.
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NETHERLANDS SHIPPING & LOGISTICS

February 28, 2012

Open Society and a True Trading Nation

The Netherlands is an open society with a keen eye on international business developments. From the expansion of the earliest trade routes, the Dutch have built a reputation for establishing successful commercial trading partnerships the world over.

This innate ability to develop connections with other trading countries has enabled the Dutch economy to flourish over the centuries. Today, with their world-class shipping expertise, the Dutch continue to show their ability to do business, especially with China.

The Netherlands has been one of the leading European nations for attracting foreign direct investment since joining the euro zone 10 years ago. The Dutch economy continues to hold its own, despite the present turbulence in the euro zone, through its substantial current account surplus, excellent industrial relations and moderate unemployment. Petroleum refining, food and agriculture, chemicals and electrical machinery all continue to play important roles within the country’s economy. As a transportation hub, the Netherlands remains one of the most important in Europe.

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The Netherlands is an open society with a keen eye on international business developments. From the expansion of the earliest trade routes, the Dutch have built a reputation for establishing successful commercial trading partnerships the world over.