There is a long tradition of intensive trade and business relations between Germany and the Netherlands.

As far back as the 17th century, tree trunks for houses and shipbuilding were floated on huge rafts along the Rhine to the Netherlands; Dutch and Germans went to sea on Dutch merchant ships together which led in turn to a significant increase in the trade between both nations.

Until today, the Netherlands is by far the most important trade partner for the Germany. The neighbors are important export nations at the middle of the EU, with highly-qualified workers and an outstanding infrastructure. Both countries serve with the largest European overseas or domestic ports in Duisburg and Rotterdam as the logistical hub for Europe.

Given this, cross border business relations are common practice. However, despite the existing European Single Market, there are different legal frameworks in both nations which have to be known and to be observed in order to avoid unexpected surprises with adverse effects on the economic success. This is where we can support you.

Partner Arjan van Oosten +31 (0) 88 676 9942
Partner Annemarie Jongerden +31 (0) 88 676 9941

Why Grant Thornton?

That's what we do! Our well-rehearsed team of experts located close to the border in Arnhem, Düsseldorf and Viersen knows the relevant topics in the fields of audit, tax and legal advice and corporate finance on both sides of the border and liaises with the international Grant Thornton network where necessary. This is how we can provide you comprehensive advice for both sides of the border from one source.

Grant Thornton can assist with:

  • Market entrance: Advise in the context of foundation or acquisition of a company in the neighbouring country (inter alia choice of legal form, registration, M&A advise, Corporate finance).
  • Compliance of regulatory requirements concerning financial reporting, tax and legal.
  • Outsourcing services including accounting, wages and salaries, taxes and social security.
  • Annual audits, advices related to compliance and valuation issues.
  • Tax advisory services for companies, their shareholders and expatriates as well as private persons.
  • Transfer pricing services: Structuring, protection (APA) and documentation of transfer prices.
  • VAT and customs.