Outside the EU
In Belgium, the regions are responsible for matters concerning exports (Law of 8 August 1980 on institutional reform).
The export of goods is subject to the laws of both the country of export and the country of import.
The following agencies provide information to companies located in their respective areas:
The following customs procedures are in effect for imports into Belgium:
- Import procedures and payment of duties
- Tax exemption procedures
Financial subsidies serve as incentives to exports and primarily take the form of interest-free loans for sourcing and setting up new markets outside the European Union. The three Belgian regions have each developed specific instruments.
For the Walloon Region information on most export subsidies and incentives is available from consultants at the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency (AWEX). This organisation has developed a module ‘Export step by step’ that lists all the incentives according to a classification corresponding to the successive steps in the export procedure.
For the Brussels-Capital Region, information on most export subsidies and incentives is available at Brussels Export.
For the Flemish Region, information on most export subsidies and incentives is available from the consultants at Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT).
Belgium also provides procedures for exemption from tax.
The Paperless Customs and Excise (PLDA) system is an online system for e-filing export and import declarations.
After completing the customs forms, a commodity code must be entered on the customs declaration.
You must also request binding tariff information (BTI) from the customs service.
Eur-Export is an initiative financed by the EU to inform you on foreign trade through the use of a self-teaching programme.