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Last Published: 8/16/2019


The Netherlands ranks 10th as a near-term, export destination for U.S. aircraft parts according to the International Trade Administration’s 2016 Aircraft Parts Top Markets Report.  The Dutch market for aircraft parts and associated equipment can be broken down into two sectors:  commercial and military.  A large percentage of imported aircraft and associated equipment in the Netherlands originates from the United States.  A large part of the market is services and R&D, which is not reflected in the statistics below.
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1.1400* Projected

(total market size = (total local production + imports) - exports)
Data Sources:
Total Local Production: Statistics are unofficial estimates
Total Exports: Dutch Central Bureau for Statistics (SITC 792)
Total Imports: Dutch Central Bureau for Statistics (SITC 792)
Imports from U.S.: Dutch Central Bureau for Statistics (SITC 792)

Aviation is a relatively fast-growing sector due to its increasing economic interest and importance to the Netherlands.  Schiphol is Europe’s second-best connected airport and the second-best hub for international travel worldwide.  It is the among the top five busiest airports in Europe; the number of passengers utilizing the airport more than quadrupled in the last thirty years (from 16 million passengers in 1990 to 71 million passengers in 2018).   Schiphol expects further passenger and freight growth going forward and plans to open a new terminal by 2023.   

Leading Sub-Sectors

The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones or remotely piloted aircrafts (RPA), is increasing in the Netherlands.   The Dutch government is developing regulations to  classify and track  UAVs and identify and disrupt hostile UAV-threats.



The Dutch established a region called Aviolanda to support and stimulate the national aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) sector.  This initiative aims to take the Netherlands to the top as a center for state-of-the-art industrial maintenance, logistical processes, and repair in both civil and military aviation.  An ongoing project at Aviolanda is the Unmanned Aircraft System Knowledge Center, which aims to cluster UAV expertise that can  be tapped as demand increases.  It also drives innovation and development in the fields of MRO; electronics; development production, and assemblyof parts; training and education; certification; and logistics.
On February 6, 2017, a coalition of industrial parties, universities and public parties opened Drone Center Valkenburg for companies to test drones and drone applications.   According to the coalition, Valkenburg’s location is ideal because of its unique opportunity to test beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the pilot and also because of its centralized location near leading research institutes, universities, and airports.
The Dutch government is enacting legislation that will create an enabling environment for the Dutch UAV industry and is looking for innovation and development in the fields of drone technology and MRO, including electronics, assembly, development and production of parts, training and education, certification, logistics, and knowledge dissemination.  Dutch stakeholders are looking to expand their drone usage in fields such as agriculture, security, firefighting, city planning, and package delivery

Web Resources

Market Analyses:             Global Aerospace Resource Guide 2016

Trade Shows:                    Vertical Flight Expo & Conference
November 5 - 7, 2019 | Farnborough, the Netherlands
Vertical Flight Website

Associations:                     The Netherlands Aerospace Group (NAG)
The Netherlands Defense Manufacturers Association

SME Resources:                   Resources are posted on the Global Aerospace & Defense Team site

Contact:                                Natasha Keylard, Senior Commercial Specialist                                    
U.S. Commercial Service – The Netherlands | +31-70-310 2279


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