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Why Export to the Benelux?

Belgium-The Netherlands-Luxembourg

  • Ideal test market: small, diverse and international
  • Gateway to Europe: the Benelux has a variety of experienced importers, sales agents, trading companies and distributors well versed in international trade which enable U.S. exporters to get access to other European markets
  • Qualified personnel: highly educated, multilingual, high productivity
  • Infrastructure and value-added logistics such as warehousing, quality control, testing and service, maintenance and repairs, light assembly activities, order processing, invoicing and payments
  • Strong purchasing power
  • Population of more than 27 million
  • Major cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, Antwerp, Luxembourg
  • Each European market can be reached within 24 hours
  • 355 million European consumers within a 300 mile radius


  • Major seaports: Port of Rotterdam (largest in Europe, third largest in the world), Port of Antwerp (second largest in Europe). Connecting over 1,500 miles of waterways to all major industrial regions in Europe
  • Schiphol is the fourth largest passenger and third largest cargo airport in Europe

U.S. exports to major market in Europe in 2006

  • United Kingdom $45 billion
  • Benelux $53 billion
  • Germany $41 billion
  • France $25.3 billion

Do you require assistance in exporting to the Benelux? Contact the U.S. Commercial Service in the Netherlands, Belgium or Luxembourg.