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What is the KVK in the Netherlands?

KVK stands for Kamer van Koophandel, which is the Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. The KVK is a non-profit organization that serves as the official trade register for businesses in the Netherlands.

All businesses operating in the Netherlands (even if the business is not based there) are required to register with the KVK. The KVK maintains a database of all registered businesses, which includes information such as the company’s name, address, contact details, legal structure, and activities.

In respect of the WAADI Act, if you provide staff on a paid basis in the Netherlands, you are obligated to register your company in the Trade Register of the KVK. The legislation is aimed at preventing illegal staffing practices and reducing worker exploitation.

The law applies to companies that provide workers as part of their normal business activities as well as to companies that do so incidentally – meaning this activity is not part of the company’s day-to-day activities.

The law uses the following definition for the provision of workers: “the provision of workers to another party on a paid basis for the performance of work under the supervision or management of the said party, other than by virtue of an employment contract concluded with the said party.”

In concrete terms, there are three important elements:

  • One company is providing workers to another company.
  • The company providing workers receives a corresponding payment from the company to which the workers are provided.
  • Workers who have been provided work under the supervision and direction of the company to which they are provided..

In addition to maintaining the trade register, the KVK also provides a range of services to businesses, including:

  • Business advice: The KVK provides information and advice to entrepreneurs and businesses on a range of topics, including starting a business, taxation, and legal requirements.
  • Networking opportunities: The KVK organizes events and networking opportunities for businesses to meet and connect with other entrepreneurs and potential business partners.
  • Export support: The KVK provides support and advice to businesses looking to export goods or services to other countries.
  • Online tools: The KVK provides a range of online tools and resources to help businesses manage their administration, including the ability to file annual reports and make changes to their registration information online.

Overall, the KVK plays an important role in supporting the Dutch business community, providing essential services and resources to help businesses start, grow, and succeed in the Netherlands.

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