Moving to Belgium guide

Moving to Belgium

Belgique / Bélgica / Belgien

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A Guide to Relocating to Belgium

Want to move to Brussels? Considering moving to Antwerp? Or thinking about an international removal to Liege. Here’s the moving advice you’ll need for any international removal to Belgium…

Moving Household Goods And Personal Effects To Belgium

Please note. That many of these things will not apply to you if you are moving from another EU (European Union) State and/or you are a citizen of the EU (European Union) due to the free movement of goods throughout the EU.

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning an international removal to Belgium:

  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Express Release / Air Waybill (AWB) / Convention Relative Au Contrat de Transport International de Marchandises Par Route (CMR) – We will take care of this if completing the entire international removal to Belgium for you.
  • Removal packing list- We will complete this if you want us to undertake a full packing service for your removal
  • Copy of Passport (Of the individual moving/importing the goods) showing photograph and signature
  • Letter of Employment from the origin country stating that the customer has been employed outside the European Union for a period of at least 1 year
  • Certificate of Residence (Model 2) issued by local Belgian town hall of the city of residence
  • Certificate of Change of Residence (< modèle 8>) issued by the local town hall in Belgium where the client lived prior to departure abroad (returning Belgian nationals only)
  • Detailed moving inventory, valued and signed
  • Certificate for Free Entry

We recommend providing these as soon as possible to reduce delays with your removal to Belgium. Late receipt of documentation can lead to missed shipments, additional charges and penalties at Belgian Customs. For your own protection, we will almost never ship your goods without the above in place.

Additional Removal Advice

  • If possible, the letter of employment from the origin country should include the beginning and ending dates of employment and beginning date of employment in Belgium.
  • Any other official documents from the Embassy or the Consulate at origin stating that shipper has lived outside Belgium for the past 12 months should be included.

Popular Destinations in Belgium

Global Moving Services is vastly experience in international removals to cities all over the globe. Their long history and detailed knowledge of different countries makes them the perfect choice for your move. Here are some of the most popular destinations we are asked to move people to in Belgium:

Antwerp, Ghent (Gent), Charleroi, Liège, Brussels (Bruxelles, Brussel), Bruges (Brugge), Namur, Mons, Leuven. Get a quote to one of these places

Need Help?

If you are unsure about what you need, one of our international move managers is always willing to help. Just call us on +44 121 392 1720, or fill out an international removal enquiry, and we’ll ease you through the process.

Moving Your Money

If you’re moving to Belgium, it’s very likely you’ll have to exchange a large amount of currency. Many people waste thousands doing this through their bank as they think there is no alternative; but we partner with Global Reach who specialise in doing just this. Global Reach will offer all Global Moving Services customers preferential rates when exchanging currency and guarantee to beat other rates you’re receiving. Ask one of our move managers about this, to find out more click here or give us a call: +44 121 392 1720.

Get Insurance

We always advise taking out an insurance policy with us on every move. Although we like to think we’re the best in the industry, the odd accident can occasionally happen. For added peace of mind, make sure to speak to one of our move managers about this.

If you have already contracted us for your international removal to Belgium, then you can download the insurance form and email the completed form back to your international relocation manager.

Moving Your Car Or Motorcycle

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning to move your vehicle to Belgium:

  • Original Registration Card
  • Certificate of Insurance from origin country

Additional Import Advice

  • Purchase Invoice / Sales Contract / Good Faith Declaration from owner must state that the vehicle has been in his or her possession for more than 6 months, the approximate current value and that the vehicle is not for resale.

Relocating Your Pets to Belgium

These documents will be required when planning to relocate your pet to Belgium:

  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Vaccination Record

Additional Import Advice

  • Pets must be identifiable (tattoo or an electronic identification system) and vaccinated against rabies.

Note: It is critical to contact Department of Agriculture and Water Resources prior to the import of pets as requirements and restrictions are dependent upon the country of origin and vary dramatically per type of animal.

Restricted & Dutiable/Taxable Items

Think very carefully before moving these items to Belgium. Items on this list will be taxed and/or require specific permission to import. In all cases they must be declared prior to you relocating to Belgium:

  • Alcohol (authorization from the territorial administration is required)
  • Coats, fur and leather shoes made from protected animals (authorization from the territorial administration is required)
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
Prohibited/Banned Items
Do not move any of these items to Belgium:
  • Illegal drugs
  • Firearms and ammunitions
  • The following additional items are prohibited in GMS Baggage/Courier Consignments:
    • Aerosols (all kinds, Hairspray, Deodorant etc)
    • Aftershaves / Perfumes / Fragrances
    • Airbags
    • Alcoholic Drinks or Bottles
    • Ammunition of any kind
    • Animals of any kind (Dead or Alive)
    • Any items containing Petrol (Liquid, Gas or Fumes)
    • Biological Samples
    • Car Batteries
    • Cash & Cards (Credit / Debit)
    • Chainsaws
    • Cheques (Bank)
    • Christmas Crackers
    • Counterfeit Currency
    • Dangerous Goods
    • Driving Licence
    • Drugs (Including Prescription)
    • Engines
    • Excrement / Filth
    • Fire Extinguishers
    • Fish (Dead or Live)
    • Foodstuffs (all kinds)
    • Hazardous Goods
    • Human Remains (including ashes)
    • Infectious Substances
    • Knives
    • Laptop Computers, Mobile/Smart Phones or Tablets
    • Lighters
    • Lottery Tickets
    • Nail Varnish / Nail Varnish Remover
    • Oils
    • Paints
    • Passports
    • Perishable Goods (All)
    • Plants / Seeds etc
    • Printer Toner
    • Seatbelt Tensioners and Steering Wheels
    • Stamps
    • Tobacco
    • Water
    • Weapons (all kinds, including replicas)
    • Windscreens

Disclaimer: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This information is provided as a guide only. While Global Moving Services has exercised reasonable care in publishing this information, Global Moving Services makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.