Dutch Association of Sport Product Manufacturers and Wholesalers (FGHS)
FGHS is the Dutch industry association for manufacturers, importers and wholesalers of sportswear and equipment in the broadest sense and their agents. FGHS currently has more than one hundred and fifty members, who together represent 80% of the annual value of the industry.
We serve the interests of our members by representing them in negotiations with representatives of the Dutch government, sports retail trade, sports federations, various buyer groups, NOC*NSF (the umbrella organisation of organised sports in the Netherlands) and other national and international organisations with an interest in sport and sport products.
The services we provide
In line with our current policy, we proactively provide the following range of support services:
General terms and conditions of delivery and sale
We issue general terms and conditions of sale and delivery in five languages and advise our members on how to apply these terms and conditions. Almost all of our members use these terms and conditions.
FGHS offers to assist its members in the recovery of their claims against retailers. FGHS debt recovery services are provided on a ‘no cure, no pay’ basis, which keeps costs very low for our members.
Advice, negotiations and information
FGHS advises its members on social, economic and legal issues and also provides other information. FGHS is regularly asked to issue certain contracts and to answer questions concerning legal matters.
FGHS is divided into sections that represent different sectors of the sports industry. This makes it easier for members operating in the same sector to address common concerns and challenges and develop joint promotional activities, such as campaigns to promote skis or tennis rackets, for example. The following sections already exist: Winter Hardware, Running, Tennis, Golf, Fitness and Horse Riding.
FGHS has negotiated preferential conditions with various other organizations. This means that our members are able to benefit from discounts on things such as credit insurance, transport, car leasing.