Belgium – Market Overview

Belgium – Using an Agent to Sell US Products and Services

Belgium – Principle Business Associations

Belgium – Selling to the Government

Belgium – Distribution and Sales Channels

Belgium – Selling Factors and Techniques

Belgium – Trade Promotion and Advertising

Belgium – Sales Service/Customer Support

Belgium – Protecting Intellectual Property

Belgium – Local Professional Services

Belgium – Principle Business Associations

Belgium – Limitations on Selling US Products and Services

Leading Sectors for US Exports & Investments

Import Requirements & Documentation

Belgium – Import Requirements and Documentation

Belgium – Labeling/Marking Requirements

Belgium – Prohibited & Restricted Imports

Licensing Requirements for Professional Services

Belgium – Licensing Requirements for Professional Services

Belgium – Investment Climate Statement

Belgium – Foreign Exchange Controls

US Banks & Local Correspondent Banks

Belgium – U.S. Banks and Local Correspondent Banks

Discusses key economic indicators and trade statistics, which countries are dominant in the market, the U.S. market share, the political situation if relevant, the top reasons why U.S. companies should consider exporting to this country, and other issues that affect trade, e.g., terrorism, currency devaluations, trade agreements.

Belgium is a compact and diverse market, sitting on the cultural and linguistic border of Germanic and Latin Europe.  It is composed of the francophone Wallonia region to the south, the Dutch speaking Flanders region in the north, and the bilingual capital region of Brussels.  There is also a small enclave of German speakers.  This diversity makes it an ideal market for many U.S. firms to test their products before expanding distribution throughout Europe.  With a population of 11.35 million people in a territory comparable in size to the state of Maryland, it is densely populated.  It enjoys one of the highest per capita incomes in Europe, with a relatively balanced income distribution, resulting in widely distributed purchasing power.

Belgium GDP was a total of $533 billion in 2018.  Bilateral trade was worth over $56.1 billion  for the year 2017. With its major ports (Antwerp is the second largest port in Europe) and excellent logistical infrastructure, a significant portion of bilateral trade either originates in, or is destined for, other countries in Europe.  The U.S. ranked as Belgiums fifth principal and most important non-EU trading partner; with Belgium ranking as the 10th largest recipient of U.S. exports in 2017.

Often referred to as the capital of Europe, the Belgian capital of Brussels is home to the headquarters of the European Union (EU) and of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as well as hundreds of international institutions, associations and multinational corporations.

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Belgium – Market OverviewDiscusses key economic indicators and trade statistics, which countries are dominant in the market, the U.S. market share, the political situation if relevant, the top reasons why U.S. companies should consider exporting to this country, and other issues that affect trade, e.g., terrorism, currency devaluations, trade agreements.Pick a Board

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