Interoffice MemorandumTo: Professor WilcoxFrom: Danylo Chabursky, Josh Lyons, Jake Zabel, Dongi ZhangSubject: Team Memo #2 Country Market AnalysisSection: 4Region: Western EuropeCountry: The NetherlandsBarriers to Entry: In the Netherlands, there is a trend of Dutch companies to “buy European,” if not Dutch. Companies like to see each other keep business in their own country, because it is good for the economy and creates jobs. The Dutch also see political advantages in doing this, and hope it will increase their chances of future endeavors succeeding if theykeep business domestic. There are no significant trade barriers in the Netherlands otherthan the standard European Union trade laws. Value-added tax, or VAT as it is commonly referred, is charged on the sale of all goods and services within the country. It is established by the tax authorities of a particular country and varies from country to country. At each stage, the appropriate amount of VAT is added by the seller to the sales price, and continues until the product reaches the final consumer, who pays the full burden of the tax.