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Regulations & legal advice
International trade often involves complex regulations and legislation. In collaboration with the regional institutions, the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency formulates an answer to various questions:
- import and export regulations
- purchase contracts and terms of delivery
- health standards
- tax obligations
- payment techniques
The Agency also supports regional initiatives aimed at proactively informing businesses, in particular through seminars and presentations.
Competences of the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency
Article 2 of Annex 1 to the Cooperation Agreement provides that, with regard to information and documentation regarding regulatory and legal requirements, the Agency is responsible for the following matters:
- export (Belgian and European regulations)
- system of sales and contractual obligations
- product control: health standards and standardisation
- tax obligations (customs and indirect taxes)
- business practices
- sales and distribution
- export and import in Belgium
- industrial property
- establishment abroad
- payment rules and trade disputes
CHOOSE THE RIGHT INCOTERM FOR YOUR TRANSACTION
An international delivery is not limited to commercial terms and conditions but also involves practical and technical agreements between the buyer, the seller and possible third parties, often in legal, cultural and commercial climates that are quite different. In order to define everyone’s (legal) liability, the Incoterms (International Commercial Terms) were developed. These international agreements regarding the international transport of goods allocate the risks and costs between the various parties involved based on 11 rules as set out in
HOW TO ORGANISE YOUR DISTRIBUTION ABROAD?
An exporter should always select the most suitable distribution channel to warrant a continuous, sustainable offer of its products and/or services. Choosing the right channel will allow the exporter to reduce the cost of his market entry and thus warrant a competitive offer. This application intends to help you identify the organizational structure that is probably most appropriate given your specific profile. It presents two
VALUE ADDED TAX (VAT)
If you supply goods or services to a customer in your own country, you normally have to charge VAT on your invoice. But what about the invoices you send to clients abroad? Do you also have to charge VAT? This tool will guide you towards the most probable answer.
This application tool is adapted for use on tablets and smartphones.
You will find more information here.
Trade barriers and sanction regimes - russia and ukraine
INTERNATIONAL SALES CONTRACTS AND INCOTERMS® 2020
We were very pleased that on 17 and 22 June 22, 2020, you participated in such a large number in our webinar "INTERNATIONAL SALES CONTRACTS AND INCOTERMS® 2020 Strategic choices and possibilities in times of crisis (Covid-19, Brexit, Trade wars, ...)".
We finally reached 100 subscribed participants for the two editions of our webinar. On 17 June 2020, the webinar was held in Dutch and on 22 June 2020, the webinar was held in French. The presentation of this webinar can be downloaded « here ».
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Legal alerts en informatie
Access2Markets hosts now a 4th dynamic tool on “Export measures imposed by Russia/Belarus”.
Business find there export tariffs as well as prohibitions and restrictions of Russia and Belarus, which may affect their intended importation into the EU.
Two examples are:
The FPS Finance, Customs & Excise Duties informs that on 9 September 2021 the new Regulation (EU) 2021/821 for the export of dual-use items came into effect. This removes the use of the code X002, previously used for all types of permits, and replaces it with a new set of certificates. On Tarbel you can find the codes to be used
The Incoterms® 2020 practical A4 wallchart of the ICC outlines the obligations, costs and risks of the buyer and seller under each of the 11 Incoterms® rules. The wall chart can be downloaded via the link of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC): Incoterms® 2020 wallchart.
Producing new personal protective equipment for the EU market - Update 15.04.2020 - "legal alerts" - COVID-19-
Due to the measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many questions arise about the export of goods from Belgium and within the European Union. The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency regularly informs and updates Belgian companies about certain rules and guidelines in the form of "legal alerts".