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Export Country Guides

Trade and Export Guide – Belgium

Belgium is a small, affluent and multicultural country. It has an open and highly competitive market with opportunities in most sectors.

More than 1,000 public and private international organisations have set up headquarters in Belgium. UK goods and services are well received in the market.

Strengths of the Belgian market include:

Strategic location

Open economy

Early adopter of new technologies

Excellent transport network

Follow the link below to access the full trade and export guide provided by the DIT:



Trade and Export Guide – France

Metropolitan France, known as “L’Hexagone” is an ideally situated, diverse and prosperous export market for British companies. It can also be a stepping stone into other Eurozone markets.

France is the world’s fifth largest economy. It has the second largest consumer market in Europe with 66.6 million inhabitants. France is a geographical hub for business within the European Union (EU), but also with Africa and the Middle East.

France is a diversified economy, where services generate 80% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Strengths of the French market include:

Its strategic location between northern and southern Europe

Excellent internal transport network with motorways and high speed trains

Strong political, commercial and transport links with Germany and other EU and Mediterranean countries

Home to headquarters of many major corporations including Airbus Group, Safran, Thales, Dassault, Carrefour, Danone, Total, Areva, EDF, Orange, Renault, Peugeot and Alstom

Home to large number of international trade fairs including SIAL, Maison et Objet, Paris Motor Show and Paris Air Show

Most popular tourist destination in the world with about 83.7 million visitors in 2014 generating around € 78.5 billion

Follow the link below to access the full trade and export guide provided by the DIT:



Trade and Export Guide – The Netherlands

The Netherlands is the fourth most densely populated country in the world. It has the 16th largest economy in the world and the sixth largest in the European Union (EU).

According to the World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Competitiveness Index’ it’s the eighth most competitive economy in the world.

Strengths of the Dutch market include:

Early adopter of new technology

One of the world’s most open economies

Follow the link below to access the full trade and export guide provided by the DIT: