We interviewed Nathalie Velida and Sonja Turnhout about their business importing South African products to the Netherlands. Here’s their story.
What is the official name of your business (as registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce)?
CultiCuli by V&T
What services/products does your business provide?
Import South African extra virgin olive oils & delicacies
When did you start your business?
Why did you start your business in the Netherlands? How did your business come into existence?
SA is kind of mine 2nd country, i/we strongly believe that “our” beautiful pure products are an addition, and we also try to make a small contribution to make the olive oil culture on the restaurant tables more important with “our” beautiful olive oil and the olive oil culture on the restaurant tables. South Africa has many special and still unknown products.
What have been some of the challenges of doing business in the Netherlands?
As 2 Dutch persons we import from South Africa, reasons why and our challenges? Great contacts in and with SA Introduce a different side of SA to the Netherlands, and show their great products Learn more about import and laws and regulations in these. To get to know the products to the Dutch/EU people, that a great challenge on it self. To enjoy “just do it” to see were we can get.
What advice can you give to fellow South African business owners wishing to start their businesses in the Netherlands?
* Study the market in advance
* Sudy all the costs in advance
* Talk to people with experience in advance with do’s and dont’s and theire advices
* Dutch people are kind of “old fashion” and not easy to let them switch. “Wat de boer niet kent dat vreet hij niet” is a famous saying
* Believe in your product/service – that is half of everything
Can you provide some words of inspiration to help your fellow South African business owners living in the Netherlands?
Bring some of the hospitality that SA people have to the Netherlands! Just try it so you can never say “if only I had tried” If you believe in it, you can make it a success, although it is a hard way sometimes.
In order to support fellow South Africans, is there a discount or special discount code for those wishing to purchase your products/services?
We would love to service something extra!
The city/town/province in the Netherlands where you’re located:
How can we get in touch with you?