BELGIUMLogistic and forwarding services in Belgium
flemish, french, german
Gross national product (GNP)
USD 535 bn
GNP per person
Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 5852 Mio.
Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 4573 Mio.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Belgium
Switzerland and Belgium have several aspects in common: they are both multilingual countries, have two common national languages, a federal constitution and similarly sized populations and territories. They are home to several international institutions. The two countries maintain thriving diplomatic, economic and cultural exchanges. Switzerland is the eighth-largest foreign investor in Belgium; it has a good image in Belgium and is a popular holiday destination.
Switzerland and Belgium maintain dynamic economic relations. The total trade volume, i.e. total exports and imports of the two countries, amounts to some CHF 10.2 billion. The principal categories of traded goods are pharmaceuticals, machinery, appliances, precious metals and stones, aircraft, vehicles and fuels.
Swiss companies established in Belgium are primarily active in the food and other industries, cement and pharmaceuticals sectors, watch-making, logistics, finance and insurance. The Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Belgium has 200 members. In addition, Switzerland is a popular destination for Belgian tourists. The port of Antwerp, the second-largest in Europe after Rotterdam, is a major centre for trade and the shipment of goods to Switzerland.
French, Dutch, in the Flemish provinces German is also spoken.
Dimensions and weights
National currency: €
ISO code: EUR
Customs tariff (for non-EU goods)
Harmonised system based on the transaction value.
EU goods are freely available.
Licences for goods which require licences and are on the negative list are to be submitted to the licence office.
Responsible for import licences: Office Central des Contingents et Licences, Rue J.A. De Motstraat 24-26, B-1-1040 Brussels; licence-free goods can be imported without formalities up to a value of EUR 2,500. From EUR 2,500 simple declarations are required for statistical purposes.
Standard VAT rate 21% (reduced rate: 12/6%).
Reimbursement of VAT paid is possible.
Terms of payment and tenders
Depending on the creditworthiness of the buyer: payment at destination identical to domestic transactions, cash on delivery also possible.
Designations of origin
If goods give the impression that they are of Belgian origin they must be marked to indicate their foreign origin.
The EU Directive sets out that packaging materials made of wood must be manufactured from round logs. This EU regulation goes beyond the necessary treatment set out in the ISPM 15 standard.
Duty free where there is no retail value, the sending of goods which are subject to customs duties as samples is not permitted.