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The Netherlands – Europe’s No. 1 hub for life sciences & health

Why?

Excellent connectivity
The Netherlands, ranked No. 1 on the DHL Connectedness Index has a competitive international climate
Pro-business climate
Efficient and cost-effective customs service: flexible approach, facilitating trade, highly digitized
Highly skilled staff
A model of efficiency and dedication, Holland’s highly educated workforce sets the pace for European productivity in a wide range of capabilities
Multilingual workforce
90% of Dutch are fluent in English—the lingua franca of international business, science and technology

The Netherlands, your choice for excellent logistics

Amsterdam ticks many of our boxes. It offers excellent connectivity and a building that can be shaped according to our needs. I am very grateful that the Member States took into account our requirements for business continuity and gave priority to the protection of public and animal health.

Guido Rasi, Executive Director EMA November 2017
Stan de Caluwe, Senior Supply Chain manager

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As the number 1 hub for life sciences and health, Holland has ample high-end logistic service providers (LSPs) specialized in pharma and medtech who have the know-how to set up the best optimized supply chain for your pharma or medtech product.

The Netherlands offers the highest quality with ample value added logistics and services for the life science & health industry

You can think about temperature controlled supply chains, ISO 13485 qualified facilities, reverse logistics and control towers but also surgical kits, building and usage reportage or direct patient distribution.

The Dutch life sciences sector invests over 2 billion euros in R&D each year

This is the reason why the industry is so well positioned in many fields like molecular imaging, medical informatics, biomaterials. Life sciences & health companies therefore often base their headquarters or distribution center in The Netherlands. As of March 2019, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will operate from Amsterdam.

Best overall performer in trade facilitation

Doing business in The Netherlands is easy, as it is supported by pro-business regulations and attractive tax benefits. It makes for an effective supply chain with the possibility of upfront rulings, easy to obtain licenses, R&D incentives, but also bonded warehousing and VAT deferment upon import.

Centrally located in between Europe’s main consumer markets

Top-raking sea – and airport facilities make for an excellent connectivity to Europe’s hinterland. Amsterdam-Schiphol airport offers real-time 24/7 access to temperature data and has a IATA CEIV pharma certified logistics community offering best-in-class facilities and capabilities. 170 million consumers are within a 300-mile radius. Germany, France and the UK can even be reached within hours.

Holland’s extensive infrastructure provides for short lead times to the European market with an extreme flexible last mile

This gives your company a greater choice in delivery and collection options to your client. Meeting today’s customer demands for a more direct-distribution channel.

The Netherlands, as the most concentrated life sciences & health region in the world, offers you an excellent gateway

Scale up your European life sciences and health operations, use The Netherlands as your gateway!

Top-raking sea - and airport facilities make for an excellent connectivity to Europe’s hinterland. Amsterdam-Schiphol airport offers real-time 24/7 access to temperature data and has a IATA CEIV pharma certified logistics community offering best-in-class facilities and capabilities. 170 million consumers are within a 300-mile radius. Germany, France and the UK can even be reached within hours.