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Business in Belgium, Brussels, Port of Antwerp



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Syllabus of the Subject

Belgian Foreign Trade. Brussels (Belgium) EU headquarters

  1. Introduction to the Kingdom of Belgium (EU)
  2. Economy of Belgium
  3. Business in Brussels: The political capital of the EU
  4. Belgian Foreign Trade
  5. Investment in Belgium
  6. Access to the Belgian Market
  7. Business Plan for Belgium

The objectives of the subject “International Trade and Business in Belgium” are the following:

  1. To analyze the Belgian Economy and Global Trade
  2. To know the business opportunities in the Belgian Market
  3. To analyze the Belgian trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know the Belgian Trade Agreements as a member of the EU
  5. To develop a business plan for the Belgian Market

E-learning Course Master, International Business

The Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Belgium” belongs to the following Online Programs taught by EENI Global Business School:

Doctorate: World Trade.

Doctorate in International Business (DIB) Online

Masters: International Business, Foreign Trade.

Masters in International Business and Foreign Trade (MIB)

EU, Masters, International Business Trade Masters adapted to Belgian Students.

Languages: Masters, Doctorate, International Business, English + Study Master Doctorate in International Business in Spanish Bélgica Study Doctorate in International Business in French Belgique Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Bélgica.

  1. Credits of the Subject “Doing Business in Belgium”: 1 ECTS
  2. Duration: one week

Foreign Trade and Business in the EU Countries

International Trade and Business in Belgium

Trans-European Transport Corridors

  1. North Sea-Mediterranean Corridor (Ireland, France)
  2. North Sea-Baltic Corridor (Finland, Belgium)
  3. Access to the Atlantic Transport Corridor (Portugal-Spain-France-Germany)

Doing Business in Belgium:
North Sea-Baltic Transport Corridor (Finland Belgium)

EU International Relations

Market Access - Trade Agreements

Preferential Access and Trade Agreements of Belgium

  1. Belgium and the European Economic Area
  2. The EU
    1. European Single Market
    2. The EU Services Directive
    3. European Digital Single Market
    4. Economic and Monetary Union
    5. European Customs Union
    6. As a member of the EU, Belgium is a beneficiary of the EU Trade Agreements with Chile, South Africa, South Korea, India, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia etc
  3. Group of States of the European Council Convention against Corruption

European Single Market

Trade Facilitation Programs. TFA Agreement

  1. WTO
    1. GATS
    2. Agreement on Sanitary Measures
    3. Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade
    4. Agreement on Preshipment Inspection
    5. Trade Facilitation Agreement
  2. WCO
    1. Kyoto Convention
  3. COTIF Convention (Rail)
  4. BIC
  5. Chicago Convention (ICAO)
  6. IMO
    1. Convention for Safe Containers
    2. Istanbul Convention
  7. International Chamber of Shipping
  8. CMR Convention
  9. IRU
    1. TIR Convention
    2. Guidelines on Safe Load Securing for Road Transport
  10. CIM & CIT Rules (Rail)
  11. Customs Convention on Containers - not a member
  12. ICC

The EU and Their Institutions

European Trade and Economic Organizations of Belgium

  1. The EU
    1. EBRD
    2. EIB
    3. ECB
    4. EU-CELAC Summit
  2. OECD
  3. UNECE
  4. Asia-Europe Meeting
  5. OSCE

Globalization and International Organizations

  1. UN
  2. WB
  3. WTO
  4. IMF
  5. Inter-American Development Bank
  6. Asian Development Bank
  7. African Development Bank

The Kingdom of Belgium (Europe).

  1. Capital of Belgium: Brussels
  2. Belgian Official Languages: French, Dutch and German
  3. Area of Belgium: 30,528 km²
  4. Belgian Population: 11.2 million people
  5. Type of Government: Federal parliamentary monarchy
  6. Borders of Belgium: Germany, France‎, Luxembourg and the Netherlands
  7. Belgium became independent of the Netherlands (Spain in the past) in 1830
  8. The DR Congo became independent from Belgium in 1960
  9. The Republic of Burundi and Rwanda became independent from Belgium in 1962

Religion: Catholicism (Christianity).

Christianity and Global Business (Catholicism, Protestantism)

Belgium belongs to the European Economic Area.


Economy of Belgium.

  1. The headquarters of the EU are in Brussels, one of the largest lobbies in the world
  2. Belgian GDP (nominal): 338,000 million EUR
  3. GDP per capita: 42,793 dollars
  4. Economic recession in 2009
  5. Belgian Currency: Euro (1999)
  6. Belgium joined the EU in 1958
  7. Industry is mainly located in Flanders (northern Belgium)
  8. The company "Unitel International Holdings BV" of the Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos is in Brussels

North Sea-Mediterranean Transport Corridor (Ireland, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France)

Foreign Trade (Importing, Exporting)

Belgian Foreign Trade.

  1. 75% of the Belgian foreign trade is made with the countries of the EU
  2. The main suppliers of Belgium are Germany, the Netherlands and France (and also the main export destination)
  3. The main export products are diamonds, machinery, chemical products, food products
  4. The Port of Antwerp is the second largest in Europe
  5. Headquarters of the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR): Brussels

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