Moving to Belgium

Belgium is a country of approximately 10 million people, the size of 30,528 km², situated between the Netherlands to the north, Germany and Luxembourg to the east, France to the south, and the North Sea to the west. The capital city of Belgium is Brussels, which is also the headquarters of the European Union and NATO.

Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, spoken by about 60% of the population (those in Flanders and Brussels); French, spoken by about 39% of the population (those in Wallonia and Brussels); and German, spoken by about 1% of the population in the eastern part of the country.

Although Belgium has a very long and rich history, it is a relatively new country. Belgium received its independence in 1830 from the Netherlands. It is a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy. The current King is Philippe of Begium, the seventh in the Belgian dynasty. He is married Countess Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz (now Queen Mathilde) with whom he has four children. King Philippe’s elder daughter, Princess Elisabeth, is next in the line of succession.

Belgian government is divided into five levels of authority: the Federal government; the Communities (French-speaking, Dutch-speaking, German-speaking); three Regions (Flemish, Walloon, and Brussels-Capital); the Provinces, of which there are 10; and the lowest level, the municipalities, of which there are 589.

The Federal Government is responsible for defense, law and order, social security, agriculture, justice, general foreign affairs and monetary and fiscal policy. The three Communities are responsible for culture, language, education, welfare and health care within each Community. The Regions are responsible for all matters fully or party related to specific areas, such as economic policy, energy policy, scientific policy, public works, public transport, and town and country planning.

Belgium is one of the twenty seven members of the European Union, as well as a member of NATO. The NATO headquarters are located in Brussels and SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) is located in Mons in the southern part of Belgium.

Ziegler Relocation has years of experience, serving lots of diplomats from European institutions and embassies, but also expats from many multinationals who have their corporate headquarters in Brussels.

Either you are moving to Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Namur or any other city, Ziegler Relocation can take care of the entire move process and with in-house Relocation services.

We at Ziegler Relocation are looking forward to serve you for your move and wish you already welcome! We sincerely hope you will enjoy your stay in our country, both professionally and in your day-today life!


Customs Clearance

Most of the household goods movements are cleared by our office located in the immediate vicinity of the Customs Central Office.

Bonded transit clearance : in case all required documents for clearance are not available at the arrival of the shipment in Belgium, we can arrange for temporary import clearance. This will enable us to deliver the goods without any delay, pending receipt of all paperwork for final clearance.