Tariffs and regulations

Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change without notice.

Austrade strongly recommends you reconfirm these prior to selling to Belgium.

For further information, visit the Belgium Customs website.

Tariffs and non-tariff barriers

Tariffs

Belgium is part of the harmonised trade system of the EU and importing and exporting are covered by EU Taxation and Customs Union. 

A Common External Tariff (CET) is applicable to other countries, including Australia.

The European Community has created the Binding Tariff Information (BTI) system as a tool to obtain the correct tariff classification for goods for import or export. Before shipping any goods to Belgium, please consult Belgium Customs for more information.

The Direction générale du Potentiel économique Ministry is responsible for import and customer regulations.

Non-tariff barriers

For more information, visit Direction générale du Potentiel économique.

Product certification, labelling and packaging

Certification, labelling and packaging must meet EU requirements. For more information on current requirements, visit the European Union website.

Packaging

Packaging must meet all EU requirements. To reduce the impact of packaging on the environment, the EU has legislation concerning the management of packaging and packaging waste. 

CE Mark

The CE mark is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). 

Labelling

All labelling and information directives of the European Council must be met, as well as local and national regulations. Information on the labelling of products in the interest of consumers and compliance procedures are available at Summaries of EU Legislation

Food information and labelling legislation must comply with EU legislation. For more information visit EUR-Lex Food Safety

For organic produce, EU legislation requires that imported organic food from third countries be produced to the same standards as that from the EU. For more information, visit Trade in organic products.

Special certificates

There are controls on imports into Belgium on a number of products. For more information, visit Belgian Customs.

Information on exporting and export documentation regarding animals, plants and agricultural products from Australia can also be found at the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Methods of quoting and payment

Quotations should be in Euro or Australian dollars. 

For more information on current requirements, visit the EU Requirements.  

Documentary requirements

For more information on current documentary requirements, see EU Requirements.

Pro-forma invoice

This may be requested by the importer. A minimum of two copies is required.

Commercial invoice

No prescribed form, and a minimum of two copies is required. The invoice must include:

  • the name and address of both buyer and seller
  • method of packing
  • marks and numbers
  • number of containers
  • description of the merchandise (including HS description)
  • net and gross weight
  • free on board (FOB) value (Incoterms 1990)
  • freight
  • insurance and other charges.

Bill of lading

No special requirements. To Order bills are acceptable.

Packing list

Not obligatory but simplifies clearance if a variety of goods are packed in different cases.

Certificate of insurance

Normal commercial practices apply.

Insurance

Normal commercial practices apply.

Weights and measures

Metric measurements (grams, kilograms, millilitres or litres) are used when selling packaged or loose goods.

Public health requirements

For more information on public health requirements, see EU Sanitary and phytosanitary requirements.