Getting Started in Belgium

Why do business in Belgium

  • Strategic location; Brussels is home to important institutions (EU, NATO) and regional headquarters to many multinational corporations
  • Strong logistical infrastructure
  • Highly qualified, mostly English-speaking workforce
  • Strong purchasing power

Doing business in Belgium

With over 11 million people in a territory the size of Maryland, Belgium is densely populated yet enjoys one of the highest per capita incomes in Europe. In 2015, Belgium’s GDP reached a total of $494.6 billion with bilateral trade well over $53 billion.

Its major ports and excellent logistical infrastructure form a significant portion of bilateral trade either originating in, or is destined for, other countries in Europe. The U.S. ranks as Belgium’s 5th largest trading partner; with Belgium ranked the 12th largest recipient of U.S. exports.

Often referred to as “the capital of Europe”, Brussels is home to the headquarters of both the European Union (EU) and NATO, as well as hundreds of international institutions, associations and multinational corporations.

For extensive information on doing business in Belgium including: business customs, setting up a branch or subsidiary, best prospects sectors and opportunities, taxation, investment climate, project financing, packaging and labeling, official holidays, the business travel, currency, visa and much more see our Country Commercial Guide.

Market opportunities

The leading Belgian sectors for U.S. exports and investments are: Chemicals (52.2%), Machines and equipment (12.3%), Transport equipment (6%), Mineral products (7.3%), Precious stones and metals (4.4%), Optical instruments (4.4%) and other products (13.4%). Belgium also offers opportunities for specific projects as the host of NATO and EU headquarters, and hundreds of other international organizations.