Important information about Trade Mission Vouchers
Trade Mission Vouchers
The Dutch Government has introduced a voucher system for participation in trade missions, a so-called 'Trade Mission Voucher'. This Trade Mission Voucher can be used by SME's to cover (part of their) participation fee for trade missions. The Trade Mission Voucher has a max. valueof EUR 1500,- (ex. VAT).
Some of the conditions that apply to the mission voucher include:
Company must be an SME (as defined by the Dutch Government),
The destination country must be a relatively new market for the company,
The trade mission or trade fair must be mentioned on www.internationaalondernemen.nl.
Most of NABC's (regular) trade missions are published on internationaalondernemen.nl and hence, the Trade Mission Voucher can be used for these missions.
From 1 October 2016, the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO), has created new subsidy rules for “Voucher Internationaal Ondernemen” (International Entrepreneur Vouchers), effecting the dispersal of mission vouchers. The conditions qualifying a person for a voucher have been amended and tightened, and the conditions for the ‘collective activities’ for which a voucher can be requested have been as well.
The following change may affect those participating in NABC trade missions:
Only trade missions with a matchmaking element will be eligible for a voucher. Fact finding missions that are carried out for the purposes of collective business visits will not be eligible for a mission voucher.
Beginning 1 October 2017, the voucher will be valued at 50% of participant costs as calculated by the organiser, at a maximum of 1,500 euro excluding travel, lodging and value-added tax (btw).
Conditions for SMEs (MKBs):
The maximum export revenue of the business is 25% or
The business hasn’t been registered for longer than three years at the Chamber of Commerce.
In cooperation with the Dutch Embassy in Benin (also accredited for Cameroon) and Honorary Consul in Cameroon, NABC will organize its first Trade Mission in six years to Cameroon in 2020. However, given the current Covid-19 situation, the mission has been postponed and is planned to take place 8-12 November 2020. In the meantime, we will continue to closely monitor the situation and inform the particpants of any new updates. This multi-sector Trade Mission will focus on connecting Dutch companies within the Agribusiness, Energy, Logistics and Maritime/Construction sector with their Cameroonian counterparts. During the mission, participants will meet high-level government officials, discover the business opportunities in Cameroon and engage in a tailor-made B2B sessions during a Cameroon-Netherlands Business Seminar.
In the past NABC has organized the following trade missions:
Fruit Buying Mission to Cote D'Ivoire & Ghana
June 22, 2020
Abidjan, Accra, Ghana, Ivory Coast
THIS MISSION HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19. IN THE MEANTIME, A VIRTUAL TOUR & ONLINE MEETINGS WILL BE ORGANIZED. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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Project Hortifresh™ (Embassy of the Netherlands in Ghana) and the German Import Promotion Desk (IPD), Sense and NABC have partnered to lead a buying mission to Ghana & Ivory Coast from the 5th -15th May 2020*.
The mission will allow you to meet reliable suppliers of fresh, dried, and frozen fruit as well as fruit juices & concentrate from this rapidly developing region.
You will be able to select whether you will visit Ivory Coast (5 th -9 th May); Ghana (10 th -14 th May) or both locations.
*(the 5th of May is an international travel date, 6-10 are full program days in CDI, with a regional flight to Ghana on the end of the 10th and a full program in Ghana from the11-14th, departing back to Europe on the evening of the 14th).
** With the option to chose between one of the 2 countries or partake in both programmes
*** Mission price. 800 (incl VAT) euro for both countries; 600 euro (incl VAT) for 1 country, excluding hotel and flight costs, including local transport costs and mission organization & matching.
****The second participant of each company receives a 50% discount. ***** In case the mission is cancelled due to the corona virus, the registration fee (800 or 600 euro) will be fully reimbursed.
The world’s leading fair for organic food, BIOFACH, is returning to Nuremberg, Germany on the 12th - 15th of February 2020. BIOFACH is the market place for organic produce and the perfect opportunity to meet buyers and exporters of organic produce and be inspired by the sector’s latest trends. For the 3rd time next year, NABC is organizing the Organic Africa Pavilion(OAP) together with ProFound, a unique place for African exporters of certified organic products to find new business opportunities with buyers, agents and partners during the expo. The pavilion creates a quality image of African organic suppliers and their products and connects them to high-end markets. If you are a producer/exporter of organically certified products, the OAP at the BIOFACH is the platform for you. For more information, please kindly contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the NABC trade mission to Uganda between 8th and 14th of December 2019.
This mission will be specifically set up for the Spices sector. Dutch companies can join us on this trip, to be introduced to Ugandese spice farmers and the relevant local institutions and government agencies. The group will travel to Kampala, Gulu, Fort Portal and Kasese. This mission will take you to chili, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and coffee fields as well as processing factories for vanilla, cardamom, cocoa, and chili. You will also have the opportunity to meet producers or processors of spices, the National Spices Association, the Uganda Investment Authority and representatives of the Dutch Embassy during a seminar and matchmaking.
Does your business focus more on oilseeds, soy, sunflower, sesame or other seeds? Contact us to learn more about joining this mission from a different angle.
The programme can be distributed upon request.
Are you already interested in learning more about this trade mission? Contact Ivo Van der Lee for more information.
NABC, Hortifresh and Inclsve will organise a Hortifresh fruit trade mission to Côte d'Ivoire from the 26th of November to the 1st of December. Since January 2019, HortiFresh has established a wide network of relevant stakeholders and Ivoiran companies in the fruit sector, ranging from agri-government officials, producers/exporters, input dealers, processors, fruit cooperatives, marketers, etc. The mission will enable the Dutch delegation members to connect to these players, promote (fruit) trade between Côte d'Ivoire and The Netherlands and to establish partnerships. The mission will visit the SARA (Salon de l'Agriculture et des Resources Animales) in Abidjan and will be represented in the 30m2 Hortifresh booth. Moreover, the mission includes 2-3 days of field visits, B2B Matchmaking, a fruit seminar, Hortifresh Business Platform meeting and networking reception. For more information, contact Anitra van der Kraan.
Together with RVO and the Netherlands Embassy in Abidjan, NABC will organise a horticulture and poultry mission to Côte d'Ivoire from 21st - 26th of November 2019. Côte d'Ivoire offers many opportunities for the horticulture and poultry sector due to its rapidly growing economy and population. The mission will visit the SARA (Salon de l'Agriculture et des Resources Animales), which will take place in Abidjan. This is the most important trade fair in West-Africa in the field of agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing, forestry, and agrifood. Are you already interested? Direct all your inquiries about the mission to Anitra van der Kraan.
Trade Mission Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and DR Congo
October 14, 2019
From the 14th to the 18th of October 2019, NABC welcomed delegations from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and DR Congo to the Netherlands with as a theme agribusiness.
During this week, delegations had an opportunity to receive various talks and presentations from Dutch companies and enterprises about topics such as finance, technology and other agricultural-related topics. The mission week also included the Francophone Africa Business forum, on tuesday the 15th of October.
From the 7th until the 10th of October 2019 the SIPSA-FILAHA Agricultural Trade Fair will be held in Algiers, Algeria. The Dutch embassy in Algiers through its Agricultural Office (Landbouwraad), NABC and the Conseil d' Affaires Algéro-Néerlandais (CAAN) have jointly put together a Holland Pavilion at this trade fair. The Holland Pavilion is now fully booked so participation isn't possible anymore.
SIPSA-FILAHA will be Africa's largest trade fair focused on the livestock sector and agricultural equipment. The fair offers professionals in the industry an exhaustive range of products, to meet needs in all sectors of agriculture. During SIPSA-FILAHA the latest innovations will be presented, a series of forums will take place, and insight sessions will be organised by the foundation FILAHA Innove.
From 6th-12th of October, 2019 NABC, in cooperation with RVO, is organising a Blue-Green Irrigation Mission to Ghana. This mission will focus on translating irrigation challenges into opportunities for Dutch knowledge, products, and services in the areas of irrigation and water management for sustainable agriculture. During the mission, you get to meet government officials from Ghana, Nigeria and Ivory Coast, see private and public irrigation schemes and meet your Ghanaian counterparts during roundtable discussions. The mission will be led by irrigation specialist Peter Prins from Land, Water & Food Consult.
Trade Mission to Poultry Africa Expo Kigali in Rwanda
October 01, 2019
Trade Mission to Poultry Africa Expo Kigali, Rwanda 1st - 5th of October 2019
Join NABC's poultry sector trade mission to Rwanda that coincides with the Poultry Africa Expo 2019 in Kigali. The Mission is organised for Dutch organisations interested in participating in the Expo in Kigali.
This year’s edition of the world-renowned Poultry Africa Expo takes place between 1st - 3rd of October 2019. On October 1, Industry Leadership Conference will be held. Following this, on October 2 and 3, the main expo days, participating companies will have to set up their own information stands to display their businesses. At the same time during the day, technical best practice seminars are held, and individual meetings arranged for delegates.
Holland Pavilion at Nigeria Agrofood Plastprintpack 2019
March 26, 2019
For the second time, NABC and East West Trade & Consulting (EWTC) will organize a Holland Pavilion at the Agrofood Plastprintpack expo 2019 in Nigeria.
From the 26th to the 28th of March 2019, the AgroFood Plastprintpack expo will return to the Landmark Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. The fifth edition of this trade show on Agricultural, Food Processing & Packaging Technology and Food & Hospitality will feature local and international companies and investors from all over the globe.
This is a call for all Dutch companies in Agrofood, Processing, Packaging, Printing and Plastics with an interest in the Nigerian and West African market to exhibit at the Holland Pavilion at the fair. The Holland Pavilion offers you an unique opportunity to promote your business, meet other industry professionals, and strengthen business partnerships.
If you are interested in participating, please sign up before Friday 14 December 2018 by sending an email to Anitra van der Kraan: email@example.com or click on 'register now'.
Cooperation NABC with VIV Worldwide - VIV Asia 2019 in Bangkok
March 13, 2019
NABC welcomes African Livestock Associations and African companies working in the livestock sector to participate in an Industry leader program at the VIV Asia 2019 (13-15 March 2019). Our main target is the connection of the African stakeholders with the Dutch (livestock) sector. The program will focus on the main issues addressed by the participants and challenging the African livestock sector (like feed formulation, processing,branding or value adding). For more information feel free to contact Hilde Duns via firstname.lastname@example.org or Daphne Meijer-Willems via email@example.com about the options to be involved or to connect your contacts to join this program!
HortiFresh Trade Mission to Ghana 11-15th of March
March 11, 2019
As part of the HortiFresh West Africa programme, NABC and Inclsve will organize an outgoing horticulture trade mission to Ghana from the 11-15th of March 2019. The program will focus on farmer inputs, soil improvement and value addition in the fruit and vegetable sector, processing and packaging. The trade mission will link up to the HortiFresh Business Platform Meeting in Accra during which between 75-100 Ghanaian companies and stakeholders from the fruit and vegetable sector are united.
Furthermore, the program will include field visits, networking cocktail, B2B meetings and Matchmaking.
More information will follow. In case you are interested to partake or wish to receive more information, please contact Anitra van der Kraan: firstname.lastname@example.org
NABC is organizing an Inspiration Mission to Tunisia for vegetable growers. The one-week journey, to take place between February 24th and March 1st, 2019, will be led by Mr. Jan Mulder, who himself has many years of experience in greenhouse horticulture in North-Africa. Mr. Mulder has successfully set up the Grow Group, and is willing to share his experience with fellow growers interested in expanding internationally. The mission shall also visit Dutch tomato company Desert Joy, which grows cherry tomatoes on 25 hectares, and will be co-led by Mr. Ben Zwinkels of AfricInvest and NABC. More information: Arne Doornebal.
The Organic Africa Pavilion Study Tour is the ideal way for African companies that are not yet certified or not yet exhibiting in the OAP to get the most out of their visit to the BioFach 2019. The Biofach is the World´s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food and it will take place between the 13 and the 16 February 2019, in Nuremberg, Germany. For this high level event, NABC will partner up with ProFound to organize Organic Africa Pavilion Study Tour along with the Organic African Pavilion (OAP).
Companies that are not yet certified will be introduced to the organic market through learning sessions and a tailored visit of the fair with our network of European buyers and traders, and a day tour to meet with companies around Nuremberg.
Companies who are certified but not yet exhibiting will have, in addition to the above, the chance to find new business opportunities through a tailor-made B2B meeting session.
The World´s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food: BioFach will take place on 13 – 16 February 2019, in Nuremberg, Germany. For this high level event, NABC will partner up with ProFound to organize the Organic African Pavilion (OAP) and Organic Africa Pavilion study tour.
The Organic Africa Pavilion (OAP) is an unique place for African exporters of certified organic products to find new business opportunities with buyers, agents and partners during the expo. The pavilion creates a quality image of African organic suppliers and their products and connects them to high-end markets.
The Organic Africa Pavilion:
• Builds the image of Africa as a unique supplier of high-quality organic products
• Generates new business for exhibitors and improve their existing business
• Generates investments in the organic sector in Africa
• Builds capacities of exhibitors and supports organisations
• Offers a platform for cooperation between exporters
The Organic Africa Pavilion study tour is the ideal way for African companies that are not yet certified or not yet exhibiting in the OAP to get the most out of their visit to BioFach. For more information on the Study Tour, please click here.
Are you looking for potential buyers or would like to learn from certified organic companies at the world’s leading trade fair for organic food? Join us for the Organic Africa Pavilion and study tour in 2019!
Companies that are interested in joining the Organic Africa Pavilion, make sure to send a mail to Adriane Razafindrafito: email@example.com.
For more info on the Organic Africa Pavilion, click here.
Mission to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire with focus on Horticulture and Agrofood
November 18, 2018
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
If you work in the agrofood and / or horticulture sector and want to do business in Côte d'Ivoire, then join the trade mission to Côte d'Ivoire and Holland Lounge at the AgroFood West Africa from the 18th to 23rd of November 2018. RVO is organizing this trade mission, supported by NABC. The AgroFood West Africa takes place from the 20-22 November at the Radison Blue Hotel Abidjan Airport. The Holland Lounge is a shared stand of 48m2 in which the Dutch delegates can present themselves.
Next to the Trade Fair participation, the trade mission includes 2 days of horticultural company visits, reception, B2B Matchmaking and Holland Lounge Program (PSD activities). For more information and registration via the RVO website, please click here.
In case you are interested in an individual stand next to the Holland Lounge, we also offer 6m2 stands in cooperation with EWTC, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
From 11 - 16 October 2018 a poultry trade mission will be organized to Tanzania. Part of the trade mission will be the visit to the Poultry Trade Show in Dar es Salaam (12 - 13 October 2018), and 4 days of company visits in Arusha, Moshi and Dar es Salaam (o.a. layer and broiler farms, feed mills and abattoirs). Please contact Daphne Meijer-Willems via email@example.com for questions or more information.
NABC will organize a spices trade mission to Madagascar from September 17 - 24, 2018. The primary goal of the mission is to introduce Malagasy and European spice companies to each other. Activities include seminars, company & field visits, business dinners and matchmaking activities.
The trade mission will consist of meetings with Malagasy partners including producers/ processors of spices & herbs, associations, logistic partners, quality bureaus, banks and government authorities. Please contact Anitra van der Kraan via firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or register via this website.
The NABC, in collaboration with SNV, will be organizing the Holland Pavilion at the 14th edition of ESADA's African Dairy Conference & Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya, from the 20th to the 24th of August. For years NABC has facilitated a Holland pavilion at ESADA, positioning the Dutch dairy sector as the suppliers of choice for all those participating. The cost is € 1,880 euros and will include a number of benefits - refer to the following document for more information! The deadline to register your company for the Holland Pavilion is April 30th, please contact Myrthe van der Gaast if you'd like to participate!
European Parliament Trade Mission to Niger
July 16, 2018
Are you interested in doing business in West-African countries, the NABC would like to invite you to join the out-going Trade Mission organized by the European Parliament to Niger from 16 to 18 of July 2018.
President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajiani will lead the political and economic delegation. The anticipated Niger Business Forum includes a B2B matchmaking, a meeting European companies active in Niger and a meeting with several government ministers responsible for the trade & investment promotion.