Belgium is located in the heart of Europe between the Netherlands and France and also sharing borders with Luxembourg and Germany.
A small multilingual and multicultural country, Belgium is often referred to as the meeting place of Europe.
Belgium has traditionally been an especially open country and was one of the forerunners of European unification.
As the headquarters of the European Commission, the European Council and many institutions linked to the EU, Brussels is most certainly entitled to call itself the capital of Europe.
NATO also has its headquarters in Brussels.
What are the opportunities?
Belgium is an open and highly competitive market, with opportunities in most sectors, especially for small and medium-sized business. Belgians place a premium on non-price factors such as design, quality, delivery and after sales service. UK goods and services are generally held in high regard, but must be of high quality and competitively priced.
UK Trade & Investment has identified these target sectors for UK companies in Belgium:
•Software & Computer Services
•Food and drink
•Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals
•Mechanical and electrical engineering
Should you require our complete Belgium publication pack including all the documents listed on this page please email emita stating your name, company, address, telephone and email address and we will gladly send one to you.
emita has CD-ROM Trade Guides on trading with Belgium. The Belgium Trade Guide is a comprehensive guide to trading with and investing in Belgium. It is aimed at British business leaders who want to expand into the Belgian market and contains a huge amount of useful and interesting information and contacts.
UKTI has produced a guide aimed at companies experienced in overseas trade who are new to doing business with Belgium. This guide aims to provide a route map of the way ahead, together with signposts to sources of help.
The information provided above is merely an overview; should you require further details you can obtain comprehensive international trade assistance from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). To find out more information about this country, visit the UKTI Belgium web page.
If you would like to speak to a UKTI International Trade expert about doing business with this country, please call the UKTI East Midlands office on 01332 826394.