The Netherlands is an importantant trading partner for the Philippines. In 2011, the Netherlands continuesd to be the top EU export market for the Philippines accounting for 3.6% of the total exports ($1.7 billion). Main exports include electronics and semiconductors, processed food, animal and vegetable fats, and clothing.

The Netherlands is also a consistent top source of the Philippines' foreign direct investment. During the last fifteen years, the Netherlands has been the third largest foreign investor to the Philippines (after Japan and US). Also, to date there are at least 130 Dutch companies established and represented in the Philippines.

In 2016, the Netherlands and the Philippines celebrate 65 years of diplomatic relations and 150 years of consular relations. During this anniversary year, the Embassy will organize multiple events on the theme innovation for sustainability.

The relations between the Philippines and the Netherlands are ever developing and growing. Simplest indication is growth of trade: over the last 5 years we saw a steady growth of import and export of 10% annually. But not only trade is growing, also investments. More and more Dutch companies are interested in starting in the Philippines and again, also the other way around.


Source: The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Philippines