Debt Collection in the Netherlands.

When it comes to debt collection in the Netherlands, it’s all about understanding the specific legal landscape and business practices unique to this market. In the Netherlands, invoices usually come with a default payment term of 30 days. Past this period, Byrival can help you recover your debts effortlessly. With our expertise, more than 95% of our solved cases are successfully resolved during the amicable phase, avoiding the need for lengthy and costly legal action.

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Service offering

No Cure = No Pay

We adhere to the 'No Cure = No Pay' principle. This means you incur no commission costs if we don't successfully recover your debt. For successful collections, a commission fee is applied, often recoverable from the debtor.

No Unexpected Costs

For debt collection in the Netherlands, we implement a clear start-up fee ranging from €75 to €175. This transparent pricing ensures your case is handled efficiently and effectively, without hidden expenses or surprise charges.

Amicable Settlements

Our primary strategy is to resolve cases amicably. This method is not only time-efficient but also cost-effective. In the Dutch legal environment, this approach effectively settles the majority of the cases, circumventing the need for more complex and costly legal procedures.

Legal Support

Should legal action become necessary, we have strong partnerships with local law firms. In the Netherlands, court procedures for debt collection vary based on the claim size. For small claims under EUR 5,000, there's a streamlined procedure designed to be quicker and less complex, often resolved in a shorter duration. For larger claims exceeding EUR 5,000, standard court litigation is used, which involves a more comprehensive legal process.

Travel to Collect

Our 'Travel to Collect' service extends to the Netherlands, where Byrival's head office is located, as well. Where necessary, we can make in-person visits to debtors, both within the Netherlands and abroad. This direct approach often leads to faster debt recovery.

Personalized Service

Our primary strategy is to resolve cases amicably. This method is not only time-efficient but also cost-effective. In the Dutch legal environment, this approach effectively settles the majority of cases, 95%, circumventing the need for more complex and costly legal procedures.

Let’s start

Get your free consultation today.

Today could be the first step towards resolving your debt collection issues in the Netherlands. We're here to listen, understand your situation, and answer any questions and guide you towards successful debt recovery. Since our office is located in the Netherlands, local customers are also welcome to schedule a personal meeting at our office.

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Our process

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We start each debt collection case in the Netherlands with detailed research on your debtor, looking into their financial history and background. We utilize specific Dutch databases and registers, such as the Kamer van Koophandel (Dutch Chamber of Commerce) and Centraal Insolventieregister, to accurately assess the debtor’s creditworthiness and financial standing. This critical step enables us to craft a strategy that’s precisely tailored to each debtor’s specific situation, ensuring calculated and effective actions are taken in your case.


Efficient Strategy

Our approach to debt collection in the Netherlands emphasizes efficiency. For instance, in the Netherlands, we can utilize the “Order for Payment,” a simpler way to deal with legal cases where someone owes money but there’s no disagreement about the debt.  Whether your claim is big or small, we only proceed with collections when there’s a realistic chance of success, ensuring that your resources are effectively utilized and not wasted on uncollectible debts.


Start Case

Our debt collection process in the Netherlands typically begins with an extrajudicial phase, aiming to avoid court due to the associated costs. First, your Dutch caseworker will prepare an aanmaningsbrief, a customized demand letter, for your case. This letter will clearly state the outstanding amount and formally request payment from your Dutch debtor. We may also negotiate a short-term payment arrangement, which, if breached, validates the claim’s legitimacy.


Amicable Collection

Our goal is to settle most cases out of court through personalized negotiations, saving you time and legal expenses. If a debtor doesn’t respond to our initial aanmaningsbrief (reminder letter), we actively pursue communication, including phone calls or a personal visit (Travel to Collect). This direct contact often prompts payment, as it helps clear up any misunderstandings. Our strategy is designed to achieve resolutions efficiently and cost-effectively, prioritizing your interests throughout the process.


Legal Collection

If your Dutch debtor doesn’t pay during the extrajudicial phase, we can consider going to court after consulting with you. In the Netherlands, key legal procedures for debt collection include “Faillissementsaanvraag” (Bankruptcy proceedings), which are fast and often prompt quick payment. On the other hand, “Ordinary civil proceedings” for both disputed and undisputed claims, can be lengthier. Additionally, for undisputed claims within the EU (except Denmark), “European Order for Payment proceedings” offer a speedy, cost-effective option, but are not suitable for disputed matters.



Upon successful debt recovery in the Netherlands, we issue a commission fee invoice. In many instances, this fee is covered by the debtor. If the debt recovery is unsuccessful, no fees are charged to you, ensuring a risk-free approach to your debt collection needs.

Industries we operate in

At Byrival, our expertise as an international debt collection agency spans across various industries around the globe. Over the past 22+ years, we’ve built a wealth of knowledge in numerous sectors, thanks to our extensive and diverse clientele. Do you have cases outside these industries? No worries, we can still help you!


We collect debts worldwide.

Contact us to discuss your case.

FAQ on international debt collection

Debt collection in the Netherlands involves recovering overdue debts, typically unpaid invoices. The Dutch private law judiciary system includes district courts, courts of appeal, and the Supreme Court. Legal cases usually start at the district court level and can be appealed to higher courts. Dutch is the formal language for legal proceedings, and filing a lawsuit involves paying legal fees, which vary based on the nature and value of the case.

The duration varies depending on the debtor’s response and whether legal proceedings are necessary. Extrajudicial collection is quicker, while judicial proceedings can take several months to over a year, depending on the case’s complexity.

Our commercial debt collection agency offers a blend of legal expertise and practical experience in debt collection, ensuring efficient and effective recovery of debts. The agency operates on a ‘No Cure No Pay’ basis, offering quality services with transparent pricing and a high success rate in debt recovery.

The statute of limitations for most debts in the Netherlands is five years, but this timeframe can vary for different debts. The limitation period can also be extended if the creditor takes legal action or if the debtor acknowledges the debt.

Debt collectors can extend their efforts across European countries due to international agreements and EU regulations. However, the effectiveness and methods of debt collection may differ based on the laws of the country where the debtor resides.

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