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Importing and Exporting in Belgium

Importing and Exporting in Belgium

  
 
 
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Belgium’s Import-Export Sector

Belgium has a very open economy, and is very focused on international trade. Belgium consistently ranks within the world’s top five in terms of imports and exports per capita. According to the US Embassy, the U.S. is Belgium’s 5th trading partner and Belgium is the 18th trading partner for the U.S., putting it ahead of many larger countries.
In 2006:

  • Belgian exports to the U.S. were worth € 17.4 billion 
  • Bilateral trade was worth nearly $38 billion
  • The U.S. exported $ 21.3 billion to Belgium, about 40% of U.S. exports to China
  • The U.S. was the 5th destination for Belgian exports (6.1%), and the sixth supplier to Belgium (5.3%)
  • Belgium was the 12th destination for US exports, the 24th supplier to the US

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Charges and Tariffs

Importing into Belgium

Belgium has four different kinds of import charges you may incur upon importation of goods: customs duties, agricultural levies, excise duties and VAT. In some cases antidumping and countervailing charges may apply.

Manufactured goods originating in EU member countries are free of duty, and are allowed to circulate freely within the EU member countries. Subject to evidence of origin, most manufactured goods of European Free Trade Association (EFTA) members are also admitted free of duty. Acquisition VAT does apply to goods imported from other EU countries.

Goods imported into Belgium from outside the EU will be subject to the VAT, charged on a value that includes customs duty and any other import charges payable on the relevant goods. Agricultural goods imported from outside the EU are also subject to import duties.
Excise duties are levied on specific goods produced or released for consumption in Belgium. Examples of excise products include alcoholic drinks, tobacco products and energy products.

 

Exporting out of Belgium

In general, no customs duties are due on goods exported from the EU. There are, however, rules that cover place of exportation and the exporter, which have repercussions on the VAT treatment of exported goods. The majority of goods exported from Belgium incur no VAT as long as the exporter can prove the goods have left the European Community.
For more information on rates, duties, and classifications consult the official Tarif des droits d'entrée/Tarief van invoerrechten published by Belgian customs.

Belgium’s Import-Export Sector

Belgium has a very open economy, and is very focused on international trade. Belgium consistently ranks within the world’s top five in terms of imports and exports per capita. According to the US Embassy, the U.S. is Belgium’s 5th trading partner and Belgium is the 18th trading partner for the U.S., putting it ahead of many larger countries.
In 2006:

  • Belgian exports to the U.S. were worth € 17.4 billion 
  • Bilateral trade was worth nearly $38 billion
  • The U.S. exported $ 21.3 billion to Belgium, about 40% of U.S. exports to China
  • The U.S. was the 5th destination for Belgian exports (6.1%), and the sixth supplier to Belgium (5.3%)
  • Belgium was the 12th destination for US exports, the 24th supplier to the US

For more information on Importing or Exporting in Belgium, go to our publications or consult:

 

Charges and Tariffs

Importing into Belgium

Belgium has four different kinds of import charges you may incur upon importation of goods: customs duties, agricultural levies, excise duties and VAT. In some cases antidumping and countervailing charges may apply.

Manufactured goods originating in EU member countries are free of duty, and are allowed to circulate freely within the EU member countries. Subject to evidence of origin, most manufactured goods of European Free Trade Association (EFTA) members are also admitted free of duty. Acquisition VAT does apply to goods imported from other EU countries.

Goods imported into Belgium from outside the EU will be subject to the VAT, charged on a value that includes customs duty and any other import charges payable on the relevant goods. Agricultural goods imported from outside the EU are also subject to import duties.
Excise duties are levied on specific goods produced or released for consumption in Belgium. Examples of excise products include alcoholic drinks, tobacco products and energy products.

 

Exporting out of Belgium

In general, no customs duties are due on goods exported from the EU. There are, however, rules that cover place of exportation and the exporter, which have repercussions on the VAT treatment of exported goods. The majority of goods exported from Belgium incur no VAT as long as the exporter can prove the goods have left the European Community.
For more information on rates, duties, and classifications consult the official Tarif des droits d'entrée/Tarief van invoerrechten published by Belgian customs.

  
 
 
 
     
 
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