Moving to Belgium

Country Guide: Belgium

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Belgium FlagDocuments Required

  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Express Release / Air Waybill (AWB) / Convention Relative Au Contrat de Transport International de Marchandises Par Route (CMR)
  • Packing list
  • Copy of Passport showing photograph and signature
  • Detailed inventory, valued and signed
  • 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 for Free Entry
  • 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)

Specific Information

  • 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.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original Registration Card
  • Copy of Purchase Invoice / Sales Contract / Good Faith Declaration
  • Certificate of Insurance from origin country

Specific Information

  • 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.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate

Specific Information

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

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Alcohol (authorization from the territorial administration is required)
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Coats, fur and leather shoes made from protected animals (authorization from the territorial administration is required)

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms and ammunitions
  • Illegal drugs

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

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

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