Australian companies are advised to spend time investigating the market, obtain professional advice where appropriate and thoroughly investigate the issues in entering the market and before establishing business relationships.
Australian firms wishing to operate in this country should commit to the highest level of corporate behaviour and familiarise themselves with Australia's laws and penalties pertaining to bribery of foreign officials.
Bribery of foreign public officials is a crime. Australian individuals and companies can be prosecuted in Australia for bribing foreign officials when overseas. Further information on the regulations governing bribery of foreign public officials is available.
For further information on frauds, scams, personal and asset security, intellectual property protection and other business risks please read more about legal issues.
Intellectual property protection
Intellectual Property (IP) is a valuable asset and it is recommended you protect it in overseas markets you are trading with.
In Belgium patents and trademarks are administered by the Belgian Office for Intellectual Property (OPRI).
The Madrid International Trademark System (WIPO) and Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OIHM) also covers IP protection for Europe.
Companies involved in negotiating an international sales contract or in international commercial disputes should seek appropriate legal advice in Australia or overseas.