The red carpet for importers from Asia

Are you thinking about importing products from Asian countries like China, Thailand or India? Are you looking for knowledge, professional guidance and expert support from fellow importers? This page lists many organizations and publications that can answer your questions. Together, they form the red carpet for importers of products from Asia. If you would like your organisation or publication to be listed on this page, please register here

Affiliate Partners

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  • Dutch Chamber of Commerce Site of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. Includes information on export documents, fees and grant opportunities. Registration in the Trade Register is compulsory for every company and almost every legal entity that participates in economic transactions in the Netherlands.
  • KIWA Nederland Kiwa is an independent highly qualified organisation having certification as its core business. This is being supported by inspection, testing, technology, training and consultancy. Kiwa has customers in many sectors with an emphasis on water, energy, construction, infrastructure, automotive & transport, agro, feed & food, safety & security, health & care and environment. Customers come from manufacturing and process industries, (business) services, public and private utilities, (local) government agencies and international institutions.
  • SGS Netherlands helps to improve quality, safety, performance and efficiency for the following industries: Agricultural, Automotive, Consumer Testing, Environmental, Industrial, Life Science, Minerals, Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Systems & Services Certification, Governments & Institutions.

Chamber of Commerce

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  • Benelux Chamber of Commerce (Bencham) is a non-profit business and strengthens political and social ties between the Benelux countries and China. With offices in Beijing and Shanghai, Bencham represents large, medium and small companies in the Benelux and provides various services.
  • DCCC - Dutch Chinese Chamber of Commerce The DCCC can assist you in exploring the possibilities for your company in the Chinese market.
  • Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands A non-profit foundation which promotes the bilateral trade between the Netherlands and Hong Kong. The HK Chamber of Commerce in The Netherlands informs and advises Dutch companies that do business or want to do business in and via Hong Kong and vice versa. It also organizes and conducts missions and participation in trade fairs.


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  • China - Country Desks (Price Waterhouse Coopers) China Desk of Price Waterhouse Coopers. Supports eastern and western entrepreneurs with tax matters, provides legal advice and offers knowledge about Chinese customs.
  • Your Op Your Op offers support in doing business with China. A business guide to knowledge of the Chinese market and culture, with an extensive network. Your Op has offices in the Netherlands and China.


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  • Erasmus University Rotterdam Barbara Krug is a professor at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and she also gives masters courses at Leiden University on Chinese Economy and Business. She is an expert consultant on the Chinese economy.
  • Leiden University Peter Ho is professor at Leiden University. He is also an expert in Chinese Economy and Development and Co-Director of the Modern East Asia Research Centre.


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  • Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Ministry is active throughout the world, 24 hours a day. The ministry supports you if you are going abroad for a short or long period. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also promotes international relations from The Hague and through a network of over 150 posts worldwide.
  • MFA Dutch embassies, consulates-general and Netherlands Business Support Offices providing support in collaboration with NL EVD International, companies and institutions interested in trade, investment, research and technology cooperation. Embassies are located in the capitals and Consulates-General in other major cities of economic importance. In China, the embassy is located in Beijing, the consulates are located in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
  • Netherlands Embassy in China The representation of the Dutch government in China and information about doing business, government programs, useful addresses and links.
  • Netherlands Embassy in Hong Kong The representation of the Dutch government in Hong Kong and information about doing business, government programs, useful addresses and links.
  • Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority Online information and contact point for questions.
  • NL Agency is the contact point for companies, research institutions and governments. NL Agency provides information and advice, financing, networking and regulations.
  • RAPEX is the EU rapid alert system for all dangerous consumer products, except for food, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Import and regulations

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  • Euronorm Digital Platform for legislation and standardisation.
  • Market Access Database Some products require import licenses. This information can be found in the Market Access Database of the European Union.

(Industry) organizations

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Law and regulation

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Legal notice

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Market Orientation

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  • Dutch Chinese Young Entrepreneurs The Dutch Chinese Young Entrepreneurs (DCYE) is an international business platform which provides access to a multi industry network of young professionals with Chinese background and Dutch companies or entrepreneurs involved in business with Asia. DCYE serves as a platform for knowledge exchange, best practices and offers access to exclusive international network.
  • VNC Friendship Association Netherlands-China VNC Netherlands-China Association. For general information about China.
  • Bloomberg The American publisher Bloomberg offers relevant financial and background news regarding China, from. Also:
  • China Briefing is a monthly magazine and daily news service about doing business in China. We cover topics relating to the Chinese economy, the market in China, foreign direct investment and Chinese law and tax. It is written in-house by the foreign investment professionals at Dezan Shira & Associates
  • Doing Business The website 'Doing Business' is a source of information for Dutch companies doing business in China.
  • Gele Draak This website is a very interesting portal with many links to relevant websites about doing business in China.
  • Chinaview Daily global, regional and local news, presented by the Chinese Press Agency. Publishes weekly a relevant online business magazine at


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  • Flyingbluebusinesschina is the special interest site of Airfrance KLM focusses on the China-business traveller. The site offers a free member community, news and information on travel and business topics.

Other organizations

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Start importing

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  • Internationaal ondernemen Portal for International Business, an initiative of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture & Innovation and trade promotion organizations in the Netherlands. With extensive information on doing business internationally.
  • Netherlands Export Combination NEC can help you find your business partners abroad.