Our Company provides cargo shipping services from USA to Belgium. From providing customers with pickup from the sellers in USA to Customs clearance and documentation, we make certain the whole process goes without a hitch whether you want to ship your cargo via container, roll-on roll-off or on open deck.
Our main USA-Belgium shipping services include the transportation of:
- Vehicles (cars, pick-up trucks, SUV, classic automobiles, motorcycles)
- Boats (power boats, sailing boats, yachts, catamarans, house boats, racing boats)
- Travel Trailers (caravans, campers, 5th wheels, toy haulers)
- Motorhomes (class A B C, mobile homes, RVs)
- Trucks (cargo trucks, tractor heads, construction trucks, mining trucks)
For all intents and purposes, all new merchandise entering Belgium will be subject to VAT and customs import duties. Used or second-hand goods, meanwhile, are duty-free, but only if the owner can provide proof that said goods have been in use outside of Belgium for the last six months. Used merchandise have one other distinct advantage: they can be transported separately in any number of shipments, although to be classified as duty-free at Belgian customs, all shipments must be declared as such the moment the first importation arrives at the port.
As Belgium values its membership in the European Community (EC), all shipments imported from a non-EC member country will have to be accompanied by a certificate confirming that the consignee has been residing outside of the EC for the past 12 months. This can be obtained from the Belgium consulate stationed in the country of origin of the consignee. The requirement normally applies to non-European foreigners who have declared their intentions to make Belgium their new place of residence. These people are given the privilege of importing household items and personal belongings to Belgium without being charged the customs duties and value-added tax.
On the other hand, for the average foreign tourist who does not have a Belgium Certificate of Residence, any importation made will be subject to the normal customs taxes apart from being levied 21% VAT charge, a 10% warranty of the customs duties, and 500 Belgian francs to cover any fines that may be imposed upon inspection of the shipment.
If the imported item is an electronic or electrical appliance or gadget, Belgium customs will determine if this came from a non-EC member country. If so, the equipment may have to be modified accordingly in order to be used in the Belgian setting.
Telephones, fax machines, and the like generally remain unaltered. However, consignees are required to get prior approval for these devices from Belgium customs.
For motor vehicles, Belgium customs authorities provide duty-free entry once two essential conditions are met. One, consignee has paid in full all value-added and sales tax due in the country of origin. Two, consignee has proven that the imported vehicle has been in his possession for the past six months.
It should be noted though that even if the above requirements are met, the automobile still needs to be identified as one conforming to Belgium vehicle specifications as well as all road safety prerequisites. Otherwise, certain modifications may have to be put in place.
When making a claim of the shipment arriving at Belgium customs, the purchase invoice, along with a detailed list of the items included in the shipment, needs to be presented. This applies to all brand-new items successfully imported to Belgium.
However, if the imported merchandise is a motor vehicle, several supporting papers are expected. These include the original license plate issued by the country of origin, proof of sales tax payment, a copy of the consignee’s passport which should include the signature page, a valid European Green Liability card, copies of two vehicle insurance from the country of origin and from Europe/Belgium, and the original registration or title which details the make, model, type, year, engine, chassis, and license plate number of the car.
Additionally, Belgium customs will require the consignee to issue a statement certifying that the car will not be sold or traded for six months effective from the date of release.