Tobacco products can be purchased in most types of stores, specialized tobacco shops and in gas stations in the Netherlands. However, there is no official register for Dutch tobacco retailers. The main legal framework regulating the sale of tobacco products in the Netherlands is the Tobacco Act. This law provisions the places tobacco cannot be sold in and the types of companies not allowed selling tobacco. Also, the Netherlands is part of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control from 2005.
Our company registration representatives in the Netherlands can offer more information on the regulations related to selling tobacco.
The Tobacco Act (Tabakswet) has designed a set of regulations for Dutch companies selling tobacco and products derived from tobacco in the country. The Tobacco Act sets out the following rules:
Companies producing and selling tobacco products in the Netherlands must also comply with:
Also, Dutch companies selling tobacco products must comply with strict regulations related to the advertising of such goods.
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During the last several years, many tobacco factories and other types of businesses in this domain have started creating electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes – electronic devices which produce vapor similar in taste with that of normal cigarettes. For this reason, the Dutch government inserted new regulations for those who produce and sell this type of devices.
It should be noted that in the case of selling electronic cigarettes one must comply with the Temporary E-cigarette Decree which was introduced in the Dutch Commodities Law. The temporary legislation was issued in 2015 and is not yet integrated in the Dutch Tobacco Law.
The sale of e-cigarettes is possible not only in dedicated tobacco shops, but also in online stores which also sell other electronic devices.
Our Dutch company formation consultants can assist enterprisers who want to set up online shops.
The Tobacco Act also allows selling tobacco products by online companies in the Netherlands. Online companies must publish a list with the tobacco products and their prices without recommending any product and they are also required to verify the client’s age.
Tobacco products may be sold through vending machines only if:
Dutch companies selling tobacco and tobacco derived products are required to select the appropriate NACE (Nomenclature of Economic Activities) codes. The correspondent NACE code for manufacturing and selling tobacco products in the Netherlands is 16.00 for the manufacturing of tobacco products under Section D.
For complete details about opening a tobacco company, please contact our company formation agents in the Netherlands.