This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.
Last Published: 10/30/2017


The Netherlands ranks tenth as an 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 commercial and military aircraft parts and equipment.  This report focuses on commercial parts and equipment.  A large percentage of all imported aircraft and associated equipment originate in the United States.  The statistics do not include services and R&D.
Unit: USD thousands

Total Local Production993,4661,023,343984,673984,697
Total Exports 2,517,122 2,418,216 4,405,6524,375,254
Total Imports 2,744,615 3,683,616 4,057,9154,148,211
Imports from the US
 2,103,958 2,988,058 3,181,5323,254,914
Total Market Size1,354,6542,533,410676,934757,654
Exchange Rate
                        (1 USD in Euro)

(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 increasing economic interest and its importance to the Netherlands.  Schiphol is the fourth largest airport in Europe, and the number of passengers has nearly quadrupled in the last twenty-six years from 16 million in 1990 to 63.6 million in 2016.  Further passenger and freight growth is expected in the future.

Sub-Sector Best Prospects

The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, is increasing in the Netherlands. Innovative technology also offers protection against civilian UAVs, providing countermeasures that detect, track, classify, and identify hostile UAV threats to electronically disrupt individual UAV systems.  The Dutch have developed the following countermeasures:

  • Trained eagles:  The Dutch trained eagles to neutralize small drones, which has the advantage of bringing the drones safely to the ground rather than crashing them.
  • Signal jamming technology:  The Dutch jam drone frequencies to disable drones. 
  • Nets:  The Dutch use nets fired from defender drones to defeat existing drones.


The Dutch established a knowledge center called Aviolanda to support and stimulate the national aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) sector.  This initiative aims to make the Netherlands a center for state-of-the-art industrial maintenance, logistical processes, and repair in both civil and military aviation.  The Unmanned Aircraft System Knowledge Center is an ongoing project at Aviolanda which aims to cluster expertise in the fields of MRO, electronics, assembly, development and production of parts, training and education, certification, logistics, knowledge dissemination, and publicity.  In addition, Drone Center Valkenburg opened as a test site for drone companies in February 2017.
The Dutch are looking for innovation and development in the fields of drone technology and MRO, specifically the areas of electronics, assembly, development and production of parts, training and education, certification, logistics, and knowledge dissemination. 

Web Resources

Market Analyses:            
Global Aerospace Resource Guide 2016
Trade Shows:                    
Helitech Amsterdam
 October, 2018 | Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Helitech website
MRO Europe
October, 2018 | Amsterdam, the Netherlands
MRO Europe website
The Netherlands Aerospace Group (NAG)                                                                                          
The Netherlands Defense Manufacturers Association
SME Resources:                
Resources are posted on the Global Aerospace & Defense Team website
Natasha Keylard, Commercial Specialist                                                
U.S. Commercial Service – The Netherlands | +31-70-310 2279


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Netherlands Aircraft and Aircraft Parts Trade Development and Promotion