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  • 21 Nov 2019 11:19 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From now on the Netherlands and the Kingdom of the Netherlands can be recognised internationally by a new logo. The logo is characterised by two symbols: NL and a stylised orange tulip. The logo replaces the much used ‘Holland tulip’ of the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions’ (NBTC).

     The new style is the result of a strategy developed to more clearly show what the Netherlands has to offer to the world. Minister Kaag (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation): ‘The new logo can be applied across a range of fields, from high tech to agrifood and from sport to culture. A clear cut international image is positive for our exports and the attraction of investment and talent.’

    Europe's most competitive economy

    Minister Wiebes (Economic Affairs and Climate): ‘It is important to convey to the world what we are good at. According to the World Forum, the Netherlands is the most competitive economy of Europe and the fourth most competitive in the world. We also create innovative solutions to technical and social challenges and work collaboratively across borders of both sectors and countries.’

    Ministries, embassies and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency can use the new style from January onwards. The topsectors, universities, cities, sports federations and other government and private sector organisations who work together with the government on a project can also do so.

    Trade missions and conferences

    The logo can be used for conferences and trade missions, on pavilions at international expositions and for a variety of other occasions in different combinations. It is also possible to place ‘Kingdom of the Netherlands’ next to the logo in case of use by the Carribean parts of the Kingdom.

  • 29 Oct 2019 18:34 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Canadian company FreshBooks, America’s second largest accounting software firm for small business, has announced it is opening its first international office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The new office strengthens FreshBooks’ presence within Europe, while ushering in the next phase of its global expansion.

    Serving small business

    Established in 2004 in Toronto, FreshBooks has since helped more than 20 million small businesses and self-employed professionals. The company currently has paying customers in 160 countries. It differentiates itself by building easy-to-use accounting software and delivering best-in-class customer service.

    “While we’ve been serving customers around the world for more than a decade, today marks the first time we are putting boots on the ground outside of North America,” said Mike McDerment, CEO and Co-Founder at FreshBooks.

    “We’re looking forward to making Amsterdam our home away from home, and we see this as the next step towards our mission of reshaping the world to suit the needs of self-employed professionals,” McDerment said.

    Dutch tech talent

    While FreshBook considered a number of cities for its first global office, it selected Amsterdam because it was “consistently impressed by the calibre of Amsterdam’s tech talent and the city’s alignment with our core values,” said Stefano Grossi, General Manager, FreshBooks Amsterdam.

    “Having been recognized six times by Canada’s Great Place to Work awards, we’re also excited to bring our positive company culture to our Amsterdam office, enabling our employees to have real impact in further building FreshBooks and helping self-employed professionals grow their businesses,” Grossi said.

    As part of FreshBooks’ commitment to growing within Amsterdam, the company is seeking to hire 75 employees over the next two and a half years, primarily in engineering, sales, and customer support roles. By bringing Amsterdam talent on board, FreshBooks will further expand its engineering team, reach new customers, and increase global hours of operation for its customer support, the company stated in a press release.

    “The Netherlands welcomes FreshBooks to Amsterdam,” said Jeroen Nijland, Commissioner of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, the organization that assisted with the expansion together with amsterdaminbusiness.

    “We are confident that the company will thrive in the tech-savvy and pro-business ecosystem of our capital. In these changing times, the Netherlands is the ideal place to start on the European market. We connect you to any place in Europe via our well-known infrastructure and via our world-class broadband network. All combined in a location that is also a great place to live,” Nijland said.

  • 30 Sep 2019 10:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Assent Compliance, a leader in supply chain data management, has announced that it is continuing its worldwide expansion with new regional hubs in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Penang, Malaysia.

    From these locations, Assent is positioned to meet the unique needs of clients and their supply chains in both regions with a dedicated on-the-ground presence. As the regulatory landscape evolves and supply chains become more complex, the need for transparency is on the rise. Assent empowers companies to achieve this through its cloud-based, AI-enhanced supply chain data management platform.

    "With constant change in the regulatory space and the growing importance of data management across the supply chain, it's a priority for Assent and our clients that we enhance our presence in these key markets," said Assent CEO Andrew Waitman. "Establishing new offices in these two regions places us in the middle of the dynamic regulatory discussions happening in Europe, while simultaneously increasing our support to the countless suppliers in our global network."

    European Hub Opens to Meet Growing Market Demand
    Assent's new Amsterdam location will enable the company to participate in influential industry and regulatory discussions happening across the European Union. Supporting already-established operations in Europe, this full-service office provides localized support to a growing European client base.

    In celebration of this milestone, members of Assent's executive team accompanied Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and a delegation of local businesses on a five-day mission to strengthen business and tourism relations between Ottawa and the Netherlands. To mark the occasion, Mayor Watson visited Assent's European headquarters for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    "Assent is a great success story to come out of Ottawa's world-class technology sector, and watching their rapid growth over the last few years has been astonishing,'' said Mayor Jim Watson. "This new hub in Amsterdam will strengthen the longstanding bond between Ottawa and the Netherlands, and it establishes Assent as a true force in the modernization of global supply chains."

    Assent also announced Patrick Klaver as Managing Director to oversee its European operations. Patrick has over 20 years of experience with global organizations within the European tech sector, previously serving as Managing Director at SAP Concur.

    Photo credit:Sander Stoepker

  • 18 Jul 2019 13:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vernieuwde Incoterms® regels in september 2019 beschikbaar
    ICC publiceert in september 2019 de Incoterms® 2020 regels, de nieuwste versie van de ‘international commercial terms’, die per 1 januari 2020 in werking treden. De nieuwste versie reflecteert de nieuwste internationale standaarden rond internationale handel en volgt de huidige ICC Incoterms® 2010 editie op.

    De officiële, laatste informatie over de nieuwe Incoterms® 2020 regels vindt u op de
    uitgebreide ICC Incoterms website. Let op: In het licht van de lancering en inwerkingtreding van de nieuwe Incoterms® 2020 regels, is er speculatie omtrent de inhoud van de wijzigingen. ICC Nederland hecht er aan u te waarschuwen voor deze onjuiste berichten, onofficiële versies en trainingen. 

    Vooruit bestellen Incoterms® 2020 publicaties
    De Incoterms® 2020 zullen in verschillende formats worden gepubliceerd en komen in september 2019 beschikbaar. U kunt nu al de Nederlands/Engelse versie en/of de Nederlandse versie van de Incoterms® 2020 vooruit bestellen op www.incoterms2020.nl  

    Registratie nu open: Seminars nieuwe Incoterms® 2020 regels
    Om er voor te zorgen dat u tijdig goed geïnformeerd bent over de Incoterms® 2020, biedt ICC Nederland, in samenwerking met evofenedex, een aantal seminars aan in het kader van de officiële lancering van de ICC Incoterms® 2020 in Nederland. Deelnemers zullen de aanpassingen en wijzigingen uit eerste hand vernemen en uitgelegd krijgen. De verschillen tussen de ICC Incoterms® 2020 en de ICC Incoterms® 2010 komen daarbij uiteraard aan bod.

    Meldt u nu aan voor één van de volgende ICC Incoterms® 2020 seminars:

    • Rotterdam, 18 september 2019 (lancering)
    • Eindhoven, 25 september 2019
    • Utrecht, 30 september 2019 (in English)
    • Zwolle, 3 oktober 2019
    Doelgroep: De seminars zijn voor iedereen die zich met handel in goederen en leveringsvoorwaarden bezighoudt, zoals kopers/verkopers, importeurs, exporteurs, vervoerders, verzekeraars en juristen.
    Registratie: Voor meer informatie over het programma en registratie gaat u naar:
  • 09 Jun 2019 11:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What if we could use innovative Dutch technology to turn drought-stricken regions into fertile farmland? Or enable farmers to grow more delicious and nutritious potatoes from disease-free seeds? Or to gain insights into the health and well-being of their cattle by employing artificial intelligence?

    Beeld: Holland Branding

    The international campaign Farming the Future highlights the Netherlands’ contribution to the global efforts in achieving food security and improved nutrition. The international campaign showcases the knowledge and  expertise of the Dutch Agrifood and Horticultural sectors in promoting a sustainable food system and creating social and economic opportunities worldwide. The campaign’s objectives are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    Through Farming the Future, the Netherlands calls for greater cooperation between businesses, governments and knowledge institutions to improve processes, accelerate innovation and reduce climate impact across the supply chains – reflecting the country’s ambition to transition to circular agriculture by 2030.

    Contributing knowledge and experience

    The Dutch Agri-food and Horticulture sectors are eager to contribute their extensive knowledge and experience in creating a circular agricultural system that guarantees food security and generates economic opportunities. Experience has shown us that the best solutions are found by observing, listening and understanding the complete picture. This drives us to seek further connections in addressing challenges around the world.

    To communicate our potential to the rest of the world, Dutch public and private parties have come together to create an overarching campaign showcasing how we in the Netherlands Farm the Future. Through real-world examples, we demonstrate our extensive knowledge, expertise and creativity in solving today’s challenges.

  • 23 Feb 2019 16:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The following news item is from the Dutch Agricultural Department. The report it references, The Opportunities for Collaboration between the Netherlands and Canada in the Food Processing Sector”, is available in English.

    Canada heeft wereldwijd een goede reputatie op het gebied van voedselveiligheid, kwaliteit en betrouwbaarheid. Echter, om concurrerend te blijven en op een goede manier door te kunnen groeien, is Canada genoodzaakt te moderniseren. De Canadese voedselverwerkingsindustrie is zeer arbeidsintensief en men loopt achter op het gebied van automatisering. Dit biedt kansen voor Nederlandse bedrijven.

    Wereldvraag naar voedsel

    Wereldwijd neemt de vraag naar voedsel toe. Zowel de overheid als de markt zal zich hierop moeten voorbereiden en veranderingen moeten doorvoeren om aan deze vraag te kunnen voldoen. De Canadese overheid streeft ernaar om Canada te positioneren als wereldwijde koploper op het gebied van voedingsmiddelen. De Canadese ‘supply chain’, van het verbouwen van producten tot het op tafel krijgen bij de uiteindelijke consument, zorgt volgens schattingen voor zo’n 2,3 miljoen banen (direct en indirect) en vertegenwoordigt een geschatte waarde van ruim $98 miljard. Opvallend is dat de waarden van de voedingsmiddelenindustrieën in Canada en Nederland dicht bij elkaar liggen (Nederland $83 miljard, Canada $98 miljard), maar dat Nederland dit met de helft van het aantal arbeidsplaatsen doet. Dit komt vooral door het gebruik en de integratie van geautomatiseerde systemen, de institutionele samenwerking van de Nederlandse Gouden Driehoek tussen de overheid, het bedrijfsleven en academia om te innoveren.

    Inzichten marktrapport

    Het marktrapport “The Opportunities for Collaboration between the Netherlands and Canada in the Food Processing Sector” is opgesteld in opdracht van het diplomatieke netwerk van Nederland in Canada, de Landbouwafdeling van de Nederlandse Ambassade in Washington (verantwoordelijk voor de VS en Canada) en RVO. Het rapport geeft het Nederlands bedrijfsleven de volgende inzichten:

    • One size does not fit all”. Een customized approach d.m.v. specifieke subsector-samenwerking in plaats van een algemene samenwerking met de gehele Canadese sector is noodzakelijk.
    • Canadese bedrijven innoveren uit een praktisch oogpunt, niet om het principe van innovatie zoals we dat gewend zijn in Nederland.
    • Canadezen willen hun huidige machines verbeteren of in stapjes moderniseren. Kansen voor het Nederlands bedrijfsleven liggen om deze reden in: de integratie van nieuwe Nederlandse technieken in bestaande Canadese machines en het aanbod van machines in verschillende modules, die na elkaar opgebouwd kunnen worden.
    • De praktische benadering vanuit Canada vereist dat een Nederlands bedrijf door middel van lokale expertise ter plekke in Canada technische, praktische ondersteuning kan bieden.

    Via onderstaande link kunt u het volledige Engelstalige marktrapport downloaden. Opportunities for Collaboration between the Netherlands and Canada in the Food Processing Sector 

    Voor vragen of meer informatie kunt u contact opnemen met Landbouwafdeling van de Nederlandse ambassade in Washington (WAS-LNV@minbuza.nl) en/of RVO (menno.schrok@rvo.nl).

  • 01 Feb 2019 07:47 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What did you do on Christmas Eve? Around 2500 people including more than 500 children, took time out from their celebrations to honour the Canadian soldiers who fought and died for their freedom.

    There are 2590 names on the headstones and 1029 names of missing soldiers on the Memorial Wall. And there are also headstones of unidentified casualties with only the words: ‘Known unto God’. Every Christmas Eve, a candle is placed in front of the graves at the Canadian Military Cemetery in Groesbeek. You can view a timelapse video of the event below. If you would like to make a donation towards this great cause, please visit the organisation Stichting Lichtjesavond Groesbeek  https://www.lichtjesavondgroesbeek.nl/

    Lives lived and never forgotten

    It is a moving tribute to the sacrifice many Canadians made for the liberation of the Dutch people. And the people of Groesbeek are determined that those lives are never forgotten. A volunteer organsation called Faces To Graves has been set up to remember the lives of the fallen. They want to pay tribute to those young soldiers who lost their lives so far away from home, fighting for the freedom of strangers.
    Given the years that have past, many of their comrades who survived are unable to make the long journey from Canada to pay their respects and bring their stories to life. The volunteers would like to recognize every single soldier with a photo and the story of his life, so that they will never be forgotten.

    We need your help to build a virtual memorial.

    Did you have Canadian relatives who fought in the Netherlands? What about your neighbours? Ask around and encourage people to send photo’s, copies of documents, newspaper cuttings and stories of their family members, friends, comrades etc. You can send information to info@facestograves.nl

    Do you have a little spare time? We also need volunteers to help with researching the lives of the soldiers and collating the data.

    In order to make this happen, we also need funding to purchase a cloud-based database so that everyone can access and read about the wonderful men who will never go home. Even a few dollars or euros will go a long way because all the work is done by volunteers.

    Your help is really appreciated.

    Julie Allen

  • 29 Jan 2019 15:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A farmer, 40 cows, and robots to collect manure and distribute fodder – all floating on the water of the largest port in Europe. Not 'pie in the sky' but Floating Farm; the first self-sufficient floating farm in the world, which will shortly begin operation in the Merwe4 Haven of Rotterdam.

    Land scarcity, climate change, rapid population growth concentrated in and around the big cities, long distances between the sites of dairy production and consumers leading to increased transport and pollution… ‘ these are all important factors behind the Floating Farm project, led by Rotterdam based company Beladon.

    “There are many good reasons to bring dairy production as close to consumers as possible’, says Peter van Wingerden, CEO of Beladon and the initiator of the Floating Farm. “Ever more people live in the big cities, far away from the sites of dairy production. A massive amount of transport is required to deliver dairy products to consumers and this represents added pollution and a heavy burden on our infrastructure. If we can find a way to get dairy production off the ground in urban areas we will be able to reduce both transport and pollution.”

    From residues to milk

    In this case ‘getting off the ground’ is meant both in the literal and in the figurative sense.  “I know that this doesn’t make much sense to a lot of people, but it does to me. Because of the rapid population increase, land becomes ever scarcer. And therefore, so does the amount of land available for farming and producing food. Many large cities like Rotterdam are situated in delta areas, and in Rotterdam we can also benefit from residual flows from existing sources of production such as the waste products from breweries, mills and potato processing into the bargain. We can integrate these products into our cattle feed. And eventually, we can all enjoy the milk”, says Peter with a smile.

    Circular economy

    Circularity is an essential principle for the Floating Farm. Water supply and drainage, generation of energy, waste processing and feeding will all be dealt with in the Floating Farm's 'closed system'. The use of solar energy, the production of cattle fodder using LED lighting, the collection of urine and manure for recycling into compost, the cleaning and re-use of rain water; these all mean that the Floating Farm will not leave behind any negative footprint.

    For more information, please check the website of Floating Farm.

  • 12 Dec 2018 13:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    West-Canada biedt perspectief voor innovatieve Nederlandse agrofoodbedrijven. De westelijke provincie British Columbia (BC) is een van de grootste voedselproducerende provincies van het land. Agrofoodbedrijven in BC zoeken actief naar samenwerking en kennisuitwisseling; hun blik is daarbij gericht op bedrijven in de Nederlandse tuinbouw.


    IRIS! Scoutrobot in tomatenkas. Beeld: ©Micothon / Micothon

    Nederlandse technologieën in de tuinbouw worden als trendsettend beschouwd en dragen bij aan een efficiënte en duurzame groei van de sector in BC.

    Nederlandse emigranten

    De samenwerking tussen Canadese en Nederlandse bedrijven in de tuinbouwsector groeit, maar is niet nieuw. Een groot aantal Nederlanders is in het midden van de 20e eeuw naar West-Canada gekomen. De tweede generatie Nederlanders drukt nog steeds een stempel op de landbouwontwikkelingen in BC, vooral in de glastuinbouw.

    De kassen zijn vaak nog in bezit van Nederlanders. De technologie in de kassen komen voornamelijk uit Nederland. De relaties met Nederland in deze sector zijn uitstekend.

    Voorbeeld van samenwerking

    Succesvol voorbeeld van een recente samenwerking is die tussen het Canadese Ecoation (Vancouver) en de Nederlandse bedrijven Metazet (Wateringen) en Micothon (Mijdrecht).

    Dit internationale samenwerkingsverband van hightechbedrijven in de tuinbouw heeft een slimme robot op de markt gebracht – merknaam: IRIS! Scoutrobot – waarmee in tuinbouwkassen in een vroeg stadium onder meer ziekten in het gewas kunnen worden gedetecteerd.


    Nederlandse AgriTech-delegatie in regio Vancouver 2018. Beeld: ©CG Vancouver / CG Vancouver

    Tuinders kunnen zo besparen op arbeid en gewasbeschermingsmiddelen. De robot van het Canadees-Nederlandse samenwerkingsverband won de prestigieuze GreenTech Innovation Concept Award tijdens de jongste editie van de tuinbouwvakbeurs Greentech 2018 in Amsterdam.

    Meer samenwerking door missie

    De bilaterale samenwerking kreeg een impuls tijdens de missie van Nederlandse hightechbedrijven aan British Colombia eerder dit jaar. In maart bezocht een delegatie van Nederlandse bedrijven de regio Vancouver. De deelnemers spraken onder meer met vertegenwoordigers van het ministerie van Landbouw in BC, met de agrarische afdeling van de University of Fraser Valley uit Abbotsford en met verschillende hightechbedrijven uit de sector.

    Tijdens verschillende workshops en presentaties werden contacten gelegd met Canadese bedrijven en zijn de mogelijkheden verkend voor structurele samenwerking op de langere termijn. Begin oktober bezocht een Canadese delegatie Nederland voor een tegenbezoek. De deelnemers brachten ook een bezoek aan de Innovatie Expo in Rotterdam.


    Saber Miresmailli van Ecoation. Beeld: ©Ecoation / Ecoation

    Canada in Eurostars

    Eind 2016 is Canada lid geworden van het Eurostars-programma. Eurostars is een Europees subsidieprogramma dat internationale samenwerking tussen R&D-bedrijven en kennisinstellingen ondersteunt. In de zomer van 2018 was er vanuit dit programma een speciale Agrofood Promotional Call om de samenwerking tussen Canadese en Nederlandse partners een extra impuls te geven.

    Afzetmarkt voor innovatieve bedrijven

    Volgens de economische afdeling op het Nederlandse Consulaat in Vancouver kan British Columbia een prima afzetmarkt bieden voor innovatieve Nederlandse tuinbouwbedrijven. Het consulaat kan contacten tot stand brengen en ondersteunt partijen in het Eurostars-proces. Voor het vinden van partners in Canada of voor meer informatie over het Eurostars-programma, kunt u contact opnemen met het consulaat in Vancouver.

    Voor meer informatie:

    Economische afdeling Nederlands Consulaat in Vancouver

    Ima Nahumury en Maarten den Ouden: van-ez@minbuza.nl

    Meer informatie over Eurostars

    Article reprinted with thanks from RVO.nl Netherlands Enterprise Agency

  • 27 Nov 2018 10:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s a great tool for Canadian businesses to expand their export markets as well as their supplier base 

    CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union has now been in effect a year, as it was provisionally implemented on September 21st, 2017.

    Most of its provisions are in effect since that date, particularly the reduction of tariffs or Customs duties, the opening of government procurement, the mutual recognition of standards and the facilitation of the movement of professionals. It’s a great tool for Canadian businesses to expand their export markets as well as their supplier base, thereby lessening our dependence on the United States.

    While its overall impact, particularly on services and investment is hard to measure at this relatively early stage, looking at our statistics on the trade of goods with the EU should tell us how popular CETA is with Canadian exporters. There are different ways to calculate exports but the figures commonly quoted by Global Affairs Canada indicate European exporters have been faster than us, as up to July 2018, Canadian exports to the EU have grown by a mere one per cent while our imports from the EU have increased by a whopping 12 per cent.

    Of course, Canadian businesses have their eyes riveted on what’s happening with NAFTA, since so much of our trade is with the U.S. and this explains why they have not yet rushed to the conquest of the European market. Ironically, for European businesses, the Canadian market is small but still has good potential, as we are so close to the huge U.S. market.

    Whatever the reason for the current imbalance, it is interesting to look at what’s happening at the individual country level. Canadian exports to the UK, by far our first European market, were down three per cent, as we exported $15.240 billion worth of goods there from September 2017 to July 2018, compared to $15.789 the year before. Exports to our third European market, France, were down eight per cent from $3.085 billion to $2.827 billion and to Belgium down five per cent from $2.674 billion to $2.537 billion.

    On the plus side of the ledger, exports to our second European market, Germany, were up six per cent, from $3.358 billion to $3.556 billion. Exports to the Netherlands were up 23 per cent from $2.420 billion to $2.965 billion, and those to Italy climbed by 19 per cent from $2.120 billion to $2.536 billion.

    Canadian exports with notable growth included aluminum, automobile parts, chemicals, cranberries, and maple syrup. Most of these products are exported by ocean and the Port of Montréal, Canada’s gateway to Europe, reported a four per cent growth in its European container traffic from January to August 2018 versus the same period in 2017.

    As to CETA’s final implementation, twelve European countries out of 28 have ratified it, the latest one being Austria in June 2018. The process continues, albeit slowly. Its only provisions that are pending final ratification of all EU member parliaments concern investor-state dispute settlement and portfolio investment.

    Meantime, trade remains wide open under CETA’s provisional implementation and our exporters should bring Europe closer to the top of their agenda.

    Written by Christian Siviere and re-printed with kind permission from Inside Logistics

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