Europe has one of the most competitive fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) markets in the world in which the Netherlands plays an important role. This is because the Netherlands is considered one of the main logistics and distribution center on the continent. FMCG products are categorized from the consumers’ point of view and from the retailers’ perspective, according to the International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC).
Most investors seeking to open a company in the FMCG industry in the Netherlands can set up shops selling:
- – non-specialized products;
- – tobacco and beverages;
- – foodstuff;
- – electronic with a short lifespan.
Our Dutch company formation agents can offer information on how to set up a business in the FMGC sector.
Table of Contents
Setting up a shop in the FMCG industry in the Netherlands
No matter the products intended for sale, the first step to establish a business in the Dutch FMCG sector is to register a company with the Trade Register. The limited liability company is the most employed type of structure for this purpose. In order to do that, the future owner of the company must prepare a set of documents and file them with the local Companies Register.
One must also choose an appropriate location for the shop and obtain the necessary licenses for selling the products. A good business plan is also recommended when opening a company in the FMCG sector. One should also consider hiring a transportation company in the Netherlands for distributing the products.
Licenses for FMCG companies in the Netherlands
Once the place is set up, the owner must apply for the licenses required to market the FMCG products. The market license is the main document issued for retailers in the Netherlands and it is issued by the municipal authorities. However, if the products are imported, an import license will also be required. In case the goods to be sold are tobacco, beverages or foods, the Dutch FMCG company will be required to apply for certain special licenses.
If you are interested in starting a business in the fast-moving consumer goods industry, do not hesitate to contact our company registration consultants in the Netherlands. We can also assist with the preparation of the documents required to register the company with the Trade Register.