The Netherlands at a glance
The Netherlands is a relatively small (34,000 sq. km), but densely populated nation with 16.6 million inhabitants (2010). It has a prosperous and open economy that depends heavily on foreign trade. The economy is noted for stable industrial relations, moderate inflation, a sizable current account surplus, and an important role as a European transportation and distribution hub. Economic growth slowed considerably in 2009 as part of the global economic downturn. The Dutch economy, however, grew 1% in the second quarter of 2010 and is gradually recovering from the recession.
The Dutch Safety and Security Market
The Netherlands was the first nation to recognize the independence of the United States and has been a primary trading partner ever since. It has been a cooperative partner in several U.S. security initiatives including:
- The FLUX program at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, which allows passengers to cross Dutch or U.S. borders passage faster.
- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Container Security Initiative (CSI) at the Port of Rotterdam
- Cooperation with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to deploy radiation detection equipment at Rotterdam seaport.
- Implementation of the ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security) Code, which has been developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
In 2008, the total turnover in safety and security equipment industry in the Netherlands was estimated at USD 8 billion. While the Netherlands is a comparatively safe nation with a low crime rate, it is estimated that up to fifty percent of all companies and organizations have been the victim of some type of criminal act. The Netherlands has spent USD 6.4 billion on preventative measures in 2008, compared to USD 4.4 billion in 2002. In the Netherlands, 12.5% of the Dutch citizens have an alarm installation at their home and 66 % have extra locks on their outside doors. Additionally, more than 2/3 of the Dutch companies take serious preventative measures against crime. In 2008, 43,614 thefts were detected in shops, companies and offices.
To take advantage of high market demand for U.S. safety and security products, the U.S. Commercial Service is planning a Safety and Security Trade Mission to the Netherlands in April 2011. For more information, please contact Natasha.Keylard@trade.gov