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Valérie BANCAL
Head of International Desk Benelux, Greece, Turkey

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Crédit Agricole group

Last updated: august 2021

The Benelux International Desk provides support to corporate clients of the Crédit Agricole Group in the Netherlands to help them implement their operations in the Netherlands, including account opening, financing, information and banking advice. To do so, it relies on the group's operational units and local front-line banks.

For non-banking matters, the International Desk offers the support of local law offices and its partners as well as expertise in business internationalisation.

The Crédit Agricole Group has a presence in the Netherlands with:

  • Amundi, asset management
  • CA Consumer Finance, the number one player in consumer credit in the Netherlands
  • CACEIS, which, since mid-2013, has offered custodian and depository banking services, in addition to fund administration services
  • Eurofactor Nederland, factoring.

The Netherlands is also covered by Crédit Agricole CIB from Brussels. SODICA Corporate Finance, a subsidiary of the Crédit Agricole Group specialised in mergers and acquisitions is active in the Netherlands with its network of partners abroad.

For more information, see the list of the Crédit Agricole Group’s locations.

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Means of payment

With the Netherlands

Company cheque

Bank cheque

SWIFT and SEPA transfer

Bill of exchange

Promissory note

Documentary remittance

Documentary credit

Usage

Weak / None

Weak / None

Common

Weak / None

Weak / None

Common

Common

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Advice from the
international desk

General Information

In 2020 France is the Netherlands’ 6th-largest supplier and dependent on external demand. French products enjoy a good reputation.
French companies often establish themselves in the country to sustain or develop business flows in the local market, which is of a modest size, but also with the neighbouring countries. Beyond its geographic location, the Netherlands also offers cutting-edge infrastructure (Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe), and a qualified and polyglot workforce with high purchasing power. The country is also known to be far ahead in terms of innovation and digital. Furthermore, the Netherlands has pragmatic legislation and an attractive taxation system for international companies, particularly for holdings or those investing in R&D. In addition, existing opportunities in various sectors, particularly in renewable energies.

The Dutch are very pragmatic and quite direct in the exchanges. They are also very sensitive to prices, but are quite open to foreign products.


Means of Payment & Banking Specificities

Swift and SEPA transfers are very frequently used. In order to secure a transaction, it is possible to use a letter of credit, a bank guarantee or a credit insurance.  Documentary remittance is also used.

In e-commerce, the iDEAL means of payment is essential.

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