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SIB Mission voucher

13-01-2021

Would you like to improve your chances in a new or foreign market? Are you looking for new networks and customers for your product or service abroad? Do you want to export or improve your sales figures? If so, the Mission voucher from the Starters International Business programme (SIB) could be a good option for you. This voucher lets you take part in an international trade mission or trade fair.

The SIB Mission voucher is an online voucher that you can use to pay for a trade mission or exhibiting at a trade fair. The voucher is worth 50% of the participation costs:

  • up to a maximum of €1,500 (excluding VAT) for a trade mission, or
  • a maximum of €2,500 (excluding VAT) for a joint trade fair exhibit.

You will still need to pay for your travel and accommodation costs.

For whom?

You can apply for a SIB Mission voucher:

  • if you are a Dutch SME owner, or
  • from the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius or Sint Maarten.

SIB Mission voucher conditions

  • You can apply for 1 SIB Mission voucher each year.
  • You can receive no more than 2 vouchers for a trade fair or trade mission that takes place each year in a target country.
  • You must also meet the conditions. More conditions apply if you are the organiser of a trade mission or an exhibit at a trade fair.

To take part in a trade mission or trade fair exhibit, you must sign up for the SIB programme. To do so, both your company and the trade mission or trade fair exhibit must meet the conditions.

Conditions for your company

  • Your company is a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).
  • Each SME or group/tax entity to which the SME belongs can apply for 1 SIB Mission voucher per calendar year.
  • You can receive no more than 2 vouchers for a trade fair or trade mission that takes place each year in a target country.
  • If your company receives de minimis aid or is part of a group or tax entity that receives this aid, the sum of the de minimis aid for this year and the last 2 tax years may not be more than €200,000.
  • Applying for a SIB Mission voucher does not mean that you are registered to join a trade fair or trade mission. To join, you must sign up separately with the organiser of the activity.

Conditions for the trade mission or trade fair exhibit

  • The organiser of the trade mission or trade fair exhibit must be a Dutch private party.
  • The trade mission or trade fair exhibit is public and accessible to SMEs as part of a list of activities organised by Dutch private parties.
  • Inclusion on the list of companies does not guarantee that you will receive a SIB Mission voucher.
  • The trade mission or trade fair exhibit must be a joint activity. This means that you must take part in the mission or trade fair together with 1 or more Dutch companies.
  • You cannot use the SIB Mission voucher for activities that receive financial support from the Dutch government or a European authority.
  • You cannot use a SIB Mission voucher to go on an economic mission organised by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.
  • Missions paid for in part by a Dutch municipality, province or embassy are also excluded.
  • The activity for which you apply must take place in the next 12 months. It is not possible to apply for a voucher after the mission or trade fair.

By applying for a voucher, you declare that you meet the conditions.

Trade mission or trade fair exhibit

You can use a SIB Mission voucher to take part in an outgoing trade mission or a joint trade fair exhibit.

What is a trade mission? 

A trade mission aims to find new customers for your products or services and to increase exports. Dutch private parties organise trade missions. The mission’s programme will include individual and joint activities. You join other Dutch companies to travel to a foreign market for a few days.

What is a joint trade fair exhibit?

When you take part in a joint trade fair exhibit, you and other Dutch companies present yourselves at a trade fair in another country. You will share a Dutch pavilion, in which each of you will have your own space.

How to apply for the SIB Mission voucher

Follow these steps to apply for a SIB Mission voucher:

  1. Choose the mission or trade fair exhibit that you want to take part in and ask for a quotation from the organiser.
  2. If you are applying for a voucher from the Netherlands, you will need eHerkenning  level 1. If you do not have this, please first request eHerkenning. It will take a few days before this is processed. If you are applying for the SIB Mission voucher from the Caribbean part of the Kingdom, you do not need eHerkenning.
  3. Apply for the voucher before the mission or trade fair exhibit takes place. You cannot apply for a voucher afterwards.
  4. Submit your application via mijn.rvo.nl. There are different forms for applications from the Netherlands and those from the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. The application forms are in Dutch. We trust your Dutch colleague to help you with them. Please note: For applications from the Netherlands, choose VIO 2021: Missievouchers in the application form.

Applying for a voucher does not mean that you have registered to take part in the mission or trade fair exhibit. You must sign up with the organiser.

After your application

We process complete applications only, and in order of receipt. The date on which you sent the completed application is the date of receipt.
You will receive a notification of our decision within 13 weeks. If we approve your application, you will receive an online voucher that is valid for 12 months.

How to report changes

Need to make a change to your SIB Mission voucher? Please let us know.

  • If you applied for the voucher from the Netherlands, go to mijn.rvo.nl. Click on the button Beheren and log in with eHerkenning level 1. Open your file and select the option Optionele Taken (Optional tasks). We trust your Dutch colleague to help you with this.
  • If you applied for the voucher from the Caribbean part of the Kingdom, send an email to sib@rvo.nl.
  • We can only process changes to the date of your activities or other administrative changes. You cannot to change the content of the application. You can cancel your application.

How to transfer the SIB Mission voucher to the organiser

After the mission or trade fair has ended, you can transfer your SIB Mission voucher to the organiser.

  • If you applied for the voucher from the Netherlands, go to mijn.rvo.nl. Click on the button Beheren and log in with eHerkenning level 1. Next, go to Overdragen and complete the task Voucheroverdracht. We trust your Dutch colleague to help you with this.
  • If you applied for the voucher from the Caribbean part of the Kingdom, click on ‘Missievoucher - Caribisch deel van het Koninkrijk overdragen’. Download the form, complete it and then send it to sib@rvo.nl.
  • If an intermediary applied for you before 26 June 2020, you can ask the intermediary to transfer the voucher for you as well. To do so, you must first complete and sign a ‘Verklaring overdracht collectieve activiteit’ (Transfer declaration for joint activities). Your intermediary must upload this declaration when transferring the voucher. The declaration form is available at mijn.rvo.nl.

By transferring the SIB Mission voucher, you pay for a part of the cost of the mission or trade fair exhibit. You will then need to pay the remaining costs and VAT to the organiser yourself.

How to redeem the SIB Mission voucher

Once you have given the organiser the SIB Mission voucher, they can use it. The organiser will get an email once the voucher has been transferred to them. Organisers can then redeem the voucher at mijn.rvo.nl.

  • If the company applied for the voucher from the Netherlands, start by clicking on the button Beheren. You will need to log in using eHerkenning level 1. You can now open the relevant file and select Verzilveren (Use).
  • If the company applied for the voucher from the Caribbean part of the Kingdom, click on the button marked 'Missievoucher - Caribisch deel van het Koninkrijk verzilveren' (Use a Mission voucher – Caribbean part of the Kingdom). You do not have to log in first.

TIP! Make sure to redeem the voucher in time
Organisers must redeem the voucher within 3 months of it being transferred. This period cannot be extended. If you do not redeem the voucher in time, it will expire and you will not be paid the voucher’s value.

Good to know
We carry out random checks on requests to redeem the SIB Mission voucher. If your request is checked, we will ask you to give us extra information. We will decide on your request within 13 weeks.

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