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International trade

Against a background of globalisation in manufacturing, procurement and distribution, Belgium is consistently ranked amongst the best countries in Europe to locate a distribution or logistics centre. Access to the EU markets is vitally important. One fundamental building block of the European Union is its Customs Union that covers all trade in goods and involves the prohibition of customs duties and quotas on imports and exports between Member States and any measures that have an equivalent effect.

The Belgian port of Antwerp is Europe’s third largest port and one of the largest in the world. It is an indispensable link to the European Union import/export chain and is a hub for a many worldwide trading activities. Container traffic is experiencing explosive growth of ten to fifteen per cent a year. Containers account for more than forty per cent of maritime traffic at the Port of Antwerp.

DBB Law’s International Trade legal services include advice on:

  • Customs & trade laws including: Import and export prohibitions, Quantitative restrictions on imports, Surveillance and protective measures under import rules;
  • Classification, access to the EU market and parallel imports, Customs valuation procedures, Customs warehousing and tariff suspension, Procedures for entry of goods and post-clearance recovery of import duties;
  • EU commercial policy instruments: Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy proceedings, Trade Barriers Regulation (“TBR”); Technical Barriers to Trade; Safeguard measures.

For the purposes of WTO Panels & Appeals Practice & Procedures we are able to call on the services of well known academics and experts to provide certain additional highly specialised services. (See also: Commercial Contracts, Competition Law & Market Practices, Distribution, Trademarks).