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The Dutch Advantage: Facilitating Trade into the European Market 

23 Stephenson Street, Birmingham B2 4BJ
Wednesday 05 June 2024 10am - 12pm 

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Boost your trade success in Europe with this exclusive event highlighting the practicalities and opportunities of fulfilling your European orders via the Netherlands.


With its strong infrastructure of ports, terminals, airlines and business parks, The Netherlands is an ideal hub for fulfilment into Europe. If you want to discover more, then join us to hear from international trade experts from both the Netherlands and the UK who will share their insights into the UK-EU trade relationship in 2024 and provide helpful tips and guidance on how best to navigate the practical aspects of shipping your goods to customers in the Netherlands and wider EU markets.


Why Attend?

  • Receive practical advice on getting your goods into Europe from both a domestic & international perspective.
  • Network with likeminded businesses looking to trade in Europe.
  • Be inspired by an Export Champion who can share their first-hand account of setting up a fulfilment centre in the Netherlands.
  • Learn how DBT and our partner organisations can support you with your international trade journey.
  • Get involved with the conversation and have your questions answered.


Meet the experts



Karin Rancuret
Sr. Business Development Manager US & Europe,
Holland International Distribution Council (HIDC)

Karin Rancuret (re-) joined the Holland International Distribution Council (HIDC) in 2023 as Sr. Business Development Manager for the US and Europe. In this role, Karin supports international companies that plan to set up, or restructure their European supply chains, by offering advice and feed-back on their plans and providing introductions to relevant contacts in the public and private sector in the Netherlands. Karin also looks after member acquisition and regularly organises events for members.

Prior to joining HIDC, Karin worked as Head of Inward Investment for the Department for International Trade at the British Consulate in Hong Kong. In the past Karin also worked for HIDC, focussing primarily on the Asian market.



David Hooper
Managing Director, Hooper & Co

David Hooper, an accomplished international trade professional with over 20 years of experience, is the Managing Director of Hooper and Co International Trade Consultancy Ltd and Director of Independent Freight Solutions Ltd. His expertise lies in providing training, advice, and consultancy to businesses engaged in international trade, specializing in customs, logistics, and the practical aspects of global commerce.

David's influence extends to advising government bodies, such as the Department of Business and Trade (DBT), chambers of commerce, and other intermediaries involved in supporting importers and exporters.



Dr Eve Davies
Founder & Communications Director, Protectapet Ltd

ProtectaPet sells both B2B and B2C, with European fulfilment from Rotterdam, and is the international leader in cat fencing solutions. The company has also been awarded the King's Award for Innovation.

ProtectaPet are the first to design and sell a comprehensive range of cat fencebarriers that can be capable of matchlessly fitting to all fence materials, heights, intervals and to all garden features. ProtectaPet will be a global household name for cat owners and will offer the trusted solution designed by the experts for keeping your cat safe outdoors.


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  The Dutch Advantage: Facilitating Trade into the European Market   
  Date: 5 June 2024  
  Location: DBT Offices, 23 Stephenson Street, Birmingham B2 4BJ  


  10.00: Registration & Networking

10.25: Welcome

10.30: The View from Holland: Your Gateway to Europe in 2024 with Karin Rancuret, HIDC

10.40: Getting your goods to market: The UK Perspective on UK/EU Trade in 2024 with David Hooper, Hooper & Co.

10.50: Our export success: European Fulfillment via Rotterdam with Dr Eve Davies, Protectapet Ltd

11.00: Roundtable Discussion and your questions answered

11.55: Wrap Up

Contact DBT Midlands

  If you have any queries relating to international trade why not contact us. With staff in offices across the globe, we can help you find the answers.  
  email: dbtmidlands@businessandtrade.gov.uk  
  call: 0300 303 8955  
  visit: great.gov.uk  
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How to register

If you are interested in attending The Dutch Advantage: Facilitating Trade into the European Market , please register your expression of interest below.




For any other export related enquiries contact the Department for Business and Trade in the Midlands at dbtmidlands@businessandtrade.gov.uk or call 0300 303 8955

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The Department for International Trade

Department for Business and Trade (DBT) is the Government Department that helps UK based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high-quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy, acknowledged as Europe’s best place in which to succeed in global business.