Dutch entrepreneurs are the victims of the rise of Chinese online stores, according to the VVD. Ordering products from China is too cheap and Dutch business owners can't compete with that. Measures must be taken, the ruling party said, according to newspaper AD.
Dutch consumer association Consumentenbond joined five other European organizations calling on regulators to take action against AliExpress. The groups accuse the Chinese online retail subsidiary of Alibaba of violating European rules with the site’s terms and conditions.
By 2025 the Dutch market for the online sale of non-food items will be dominated by one or two platforms, like Amazon, Alibaba or bol.com, ING's economic office said on Wednesday. By that year 35 to 40 percent of all online sales will go through these platforms, the bank expects, NU.nl reports.
While online sales in the Netherlands are still fragmented, this will change in the near future. "The Netherlands is on the verge of a new battle in online retail, now that international platforms are approaching our country", said Dirk Mulder, sector banker for ING Trade & Retail.
PostNL and AliExpress made a deal in which the Dutch postal service will deliver a large part of the Chinese internet marketplace's packages in the Netherlands. According to the companies, this collaboration means that AliExpress customers in the Netherlands can expect delivery of their packages within five to seven days, ANP reports.
The two companies announced the deal on Thursday, though did not reveal any of the financial details about the agreement.
AliExpress has more than 100 million customers worldwide. It is part of Chinese online marketplace Alibaba.
Dutch airline KLM will soon be selling flight tickets through Chinese internet giant Alibaba's traveling platform Alitrip. This deal will give the some 1.3 billion people living in China, according to a 2013 census, direct access to the airline.