Indonesian Netherlands Association
Exporting to Europe and the Netherlands
How to Export to the Netherlands: Guide 2015 PDF Print E-mail


This document offers a guide through the extensive, but manageable process of export products from Indonesia to the Netherlands. Globalization pressures have increased the importance of international trade, resulting in growing import and export linkages between different countries. The two countries have a shared history that goes back to the 16th century, and have recently signed a number of agreements to support cooperation in the areas of foreign policy, stability, security, human rights and sustainability, as well as economic, social, cultural and educational matters.

This guideline is structured as follows:

  1. Check whether your product can be exported to the Netherlands: what are the restrictions or regulations to be keep in mind?
  2. Advice on market entry strategy: what is the best way to enter the Dutch market?
  3. Map the process of exporting from Indonesia to the Dutch border.
  4. Map the possible complications that can occur regarding packaging, labeling and other documents

Exporting to the Netherlands, a co-founder and member of the European Union, might at first glance appear to be a complex process. This guide will take you through this process step-by-step, offering names of a number of supporting organizations and websites along the way, and hopefully show you that exporting to the Netherlands is not as hard as it may seem!


Exporting to the Netherlands

Before any further action is taken, you must first the check the rules and regulations of exporting your product(s) to the Netherlands. This means checking both the Indonesian laws for exporting, and Dutch laws for importing.

  1. Indonesian regulations on exporting
  2. Dutch regulations on importing and supporting organizations
  3. In summary: list of organizations and websites
  4. Contact


Market Entry Strategy

Once you have checked the rules and regulations regarding the export of your product(s) to the Netherlands, you can determine how to position yourself on the market and which distribution channels you want to use.

  1. Reputation building
  2. Certification
  3. Packaging
  4. Marking and labelling


EU tariffs: HS Code and TARIC Code

The HS Code (Harmonized System Code) is a worldwide system used to harmonize commodity descriptions and codes to classify goods. The HS nomenclature scheme is the basis of all countries’ customs tariffs worldwide. The first 6 digits of the code are the same all over the world. In case countries want to have a more detailed classification of imported products, they can add extra digits. Before exporting to the Netherlands, you need to know the HS Code of your product.


Indonesian Export Procedure

After checking the procedure how to import into the Netherlands, it is important to know how to export from Indonesia. There are some legal procedures which have to be followed before you are able to transport the goods abroad.

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