Germany and the Netherlands: Rivals on the football field, partners in the export game?

Major commercial challenges remain for Dutch and German exporters. 70% of German and 48% of Dutch companies want to find new destinations for their exports in the next three years.

Innovation, digitalization and human capital are top priorities for exporters in Germany and the Netherlands.

Pro-business policies in the Netherlands (Top Sector Approach) and Germany (Industry 4.0) are known but not seen as fully supportive. Strengthening partnerships between German and

Dutch companies perceived as very positive. Dutch companies can make an additional EUR4.8bn in export revenue in Germany in 2016.

Agrifood, chemicals and energy companies are the sectors best positioned.