Step by step procedures to export from Belgium

 How to export from Belgium?


How to export from Belgium? What are the export registration procedures, export customs process, export cargo movement methods in Belgium?


This post explains about step by step procedures that need to be finished with Belgium government authority for exportation from Belgium.


The exporter company must have a Belgian tax (vat) number or it may have its residency on Belgian soil or be represented by another company.


If you need to export goods or services, a onetime registration procedure is being completed in most of the countries.  Such export licence may be obtained from concerned government department if required in Belgium.


Usually, for exportation of goods from Belgium, a onetime export registration to act as an Exporter/Importer is sufficient. However, if restricted items are exported, separate export licence may be required in Belgium to export such restricted goods.   There is separate government agency in Belgium who handles and regulates such specific products that issue export license or export permit.  However, specific licence to export goods is required only for certain specific goods restricted to export from Belgium.  Based on trade policy of each country categories of products classified under freely exportable, restricted to export.  Prohibited list of goods are not permitted to export from Belgium.  The list of restricted goods to export from Belgium and prohibited list of goods are notified time to time by government of Belgium which may be referred the official website of Belgium.

Belgium is a member state of European Union. So the member states have certain mutual agreements and similarity regards trade. Since Belgium falls under EU countries, a common trade policy is adopted to export most of the products. A separate rules and regulations are applied to specific products when importing and exporting in the European Union called Integrated Tariff of the European Communities (TARIC code).   For any import, export or transit in EU countries, an EORI number is compulsory. EORI means Economic Operator Registration and Identification.  The European Union (EU) legislation has required all member states to adopt the Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) scheme. All importers, exporters and other transporters need to use a unique EORI reference number in all electronic communications with Customs and other government agencies involved in the international trade. This means that anyone involved with export, transit or import operations need to have EORI number.


The official Customs and Excise department of Belgium is administered by Federal Public Servise under the Ministry of Finance (FPS Finance).


PLDA (Paperless Customs & Excise) is the new application for the electronic submission and processing of declarations. Creation of the export declaration via the plda customs system is necessary (ECS = Export Control System). The document used to support this online procedure is called “Export Accompanying Document” (EAD). 


Generally in all countries there are three stages of process for export.    One time registration procedure to obtain export licence, documentation needed for exportation and Export customs clearance formalities.   Detailed information on these three stages of exports has been mentioned separately in this website.  You may click below those information links to know more about step by step procedures on how to export:


Export Registration and Licence procedures

Export Customs procedures

Export documents required



This post explains about different phases in export process that every exporter needs to go through for completing export from Belgium.


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