The Netherlands has been recognised across the world as offshore vehicles that can be successfully used in a variety of International Business, carry out commercial and industrial activities. The Netherlands is a member of the European Union and member of the Eurozone.

A Netherlands company, is a limited liability company which conducts its trading and business outside the Netherlands and is intended for offshore activities. It takes up to 8 weeks to incorporate a company in the Netherlands.

The Directors of the company may be of any nationality and may reside anywhere. At least one director is required and there is no requirement to appoint a local resident director.

The Shareholders of the company may be of any nationality and may reside anywhere. At least one shareholder is required, this can be the same person as one of the directors. There is no upper limit to the number of shareholders and a shareholder can be a person or a corporation.

The standard share capital of the company is €1,000. However, only one share of the share capital must be issued and paid up. Your company's share capital can be issued in any currency.

Company Secretary / Registered Office / Registered Agent 

The company must have a registered agent and registered office in the Netherlands. There is no requirement for local secretary.


The details of the Shareholders and Directors of the company do appear on the public record are fully accessible by the public.

Company Records

The company must maintain accounting records, however it does not have to keep records in the Netherlands. There is a requirement for audited financial statements and submit details of the directors and shareholders to companies' house.

Corporation and other taxes

The Netherlands company is taxed on its worldwide income at a rate between 0-25%.

The VAT (sales tax) standard rate is at 21% of product located within the island or the EU.

In addition, there is an annual government levy of €230.

Why use The Netherlands Company

The Netherlands offshore companies are commonly used for

  • Owner of the shares of other companies or legal entities;
  • Manager and promoter of international business transactions;
  • Borrowing or lending money, paying or receiving commissions, or others;
  • Access to EU market using the European Directives of Parent- Subsidiary, Interest and Royalties, Merger
  • Access to wide network of double tax treaties
  • Owner of Intellectual Properties.

Our Formation Package

  • Registered Address and Agent
  • Company Secretarial Maintenance
  • Government fees
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Appointment of First Directors
  • Consent Actions of the Board of Directors
  • Share Certificates
  • Register of Directors and Members
  • Company Seal

We also offer Nominee and Management Services (Substance requirements) along with bank account opening and international tax planning.

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