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International Trade


Over the years, the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency has acquired considerable experience in various aspects of international trade, which is reflected in its contribution to international platforms such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Customs Organization (WCO). This collaboration allows the agency to give an insight into the Belgian companies today and to confirm Belgium’s reputation as a reliable partner for the development of your international trade.

International trade often involves complex regulations and legislation. Together with the regional institutions, the Legal Department of the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency formulates answers to the most diverse questions on subjects ranging from import and export regulations, purchasing contracts and delivery terms and conditions as well as sanitary regulations and standardisation, tax obligations and payment technologies.

You can find an answer to the most frequently asked questions in the following documents and website(s):

On the Market Access Database of the European Commission (, you will find an overview of import duties and specific requirements (which documents should I present at customs) that apply in countries outside the European Union. This tool constitutes a most interesting starting point for the European exporter.

See the movie available on :

Your international trade questions answered (September 2012)

Your international trade questions answered (September 2011)