The Office du Ducroire (ODL) grants financial aid to support Luxembourg exporting companies in their international prospecting efforts, through a partial participation in export promotion costs.
Within the ODL, the Committee for the Promotion of Luxembourg Exports (COPEL) is the competent authority for granting financial support.
Financially sound Luxembourg exporting companies, which represent an added value for the Luxembourg economy.
Companies in the financial, insurance, tourism and real estate development sector are, in principle, not eligible for financial support.
Activities linked to the production, processing or marketing of agricultural products listed in Annex 1 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union are not eligible.
Financial aid can be requested for the following:
Current expenditures related to the export activity are not eligible (e.g.: internal costs, accommodation costs, travel costs, catering costs, printing costs), nor are training costs, membership fees, costs of designing websites and promotional gadgets, or participation costs in already subsidised fairs.
To benefit from export aid, the business must:
Applicants must send their application for support to the Office du Ducroire (ODL) via MyGuichet.lu, along with the following documents:
The Committee for the Promotion of Luxembourg Exports (COPEL) examines the applications it receives on a monthly basis.
If the application is accepted, the COPEL will send a letter of commitment with a validity of 6 months to the applicant.
A 6 month extension may be granted on request.
The financial aid granted varies between 10 % and 50 % of the costs incurred for the project, but it cannot exceed any of the various ceilings set by the Committee for the Promotion of Luxembourg Exports (COPEL) nor the ceiling of EUR 200,000 over a period of 3 years, in accordance with the EU's De Minimis Regulation in force.
A young business or a micro-enterprise can apply for financial aid of up to EUR 10,000 per year (all aid combined).
Reimbursement will be made exclusively on the basis of invoices accompanied by proof of payment to be sent to the Office du Ducroire (ODL) by email or post during the period of validity of the letter of commitment.
Export aid is governed by law and complies with EU Regulations on state aid for exports, in particular the EU's De Minimis Regulation (currently capped at EUR 200,000 per company over a 3 year period).
According to this Regulation, all entities controlled (in law or in fact) by the same entity or natural person are to be considered as a single enterprise.