moving to antwerp, brussels, belgium

If you are thinking about moving to Belgium from New York look no further!

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Any move to Brussels or Antwerp from the Tri-State area is going to be a logistical exercise.
NY International Shipping can assist you with the overseas moving process from planning to the unloading of your household goods in your new home overseas. As overseas moving specialists, we understand how stressful moving to Belgium can be, which is why we have created this mini-guide to finding the right overseas moving company, getting accurate shipping quotes and successfully shipping your goods to your new destination. As an all-inclusive international shipping company with decades of experience, we can offer a comprehensive look at the ins and outs of moving to Belgium.

Benefits to Moving to Belgium with NY International Shipping
Family-owned overseas moving business with over a decade of experience satisfying customers worldwide
All-inclusive shipping options for overseas relocation (i.e. door-to-door, RO-RO, custom crates, etc.)
Licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission as a Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC)
FREE consultations with one of our relocation specialist to aid you in planning your move to Belgium and choosing the right services for you
All relocation professionals are committed to providing first rate customer service
Many referrals available to share from satisfied customers scattered across the globe
Worldwide network of skilled shipping agents allows us to move clients smoothly from and to any location worldwide
We provide comprehensive quotes which detail every aspect of your move and the associated cost
Contact NY International Shipping for information on the overseas moving services available to you during your move to Belgium.

An Overview on Belgium

Belgium, a melting pot of languages and cultures, is located in northwest Europe. Belgium has a population of 10 million and the three primary languages spoken there are Dutch, French and German. English is occasionally spoken, but it may be most beneficial to you if you learn one of these three languages prior to moving. When moving to Belgium you should be aware that the currency there is currently the Euro, so your currency will be converted from your current currency to the Euro during immigration or when you open a bank account in Belgium. Ask your international relocation specialist for details on how and where to open your new bank account in Belgium. If you are moving to Belgium from Canada or the US, you will need a visa in order to stay for more than 90 days. Consult the Belgium Consulate in your area for details on the criteria for applying, the process you must undergo and a time frame for acquiring your visa. Your international moving specialist will make sure that once you have your visa, all of your paperwork is in order for your shipment to pass smoothly through customs. If you are planning to bring your pet or pets with you while moving to Belgium, it is also a wise idea to consult your local Belgium Consulate on health requirements, necessary paperwork and quarantine procedures.

Choosing an Overseas Moving Company

NY International Shipping knows that choosing an overseas moving company can be a daunting process. Everyone claims to offer the best services and have the most competitive rates, however, this is not always the case. NY International Shipping has provided some tips on how to compare international shipping companies for your move to Belgium, so that you find the best quality of service and the most reliable company to ship your goods from your current location to your new home.

Rates, Referrals and Reputation

Shop carefully when looking for an international relocation company. NY International Shipping suggests using the apples-to-apples comparison method when comparing overseas moving companies. This method will give you the most accurate side-by-side comparison of all of the companies you are considering. We suggest you start by choosing three or four of the top international relocation companies you have found. Then compare the exact same service for the same volume, start and end destinations and dates. Using this approach, you will be able to see how each company’s rates accurately compares to the others you are consider. Contact NY International Shipping for a quote on shipping your goods for your move to Belgium.

While we understand that staying on budget is important, it is also important to make sure that you are working with a reliable moving company that will carefully and successfully transport your goods while moving to Belgium. NY International Shipping strongly encourages you to ask each international relocation company that you are considering for referrals. Any overseas moving company that successfully services its clients should have a stack of referrals from happy past and repeat customers—individuals, families and corporate companies. Learning from someone else’s experience is a great way to determine whether or not a company is the type of overseas moving company you can trust while moving to Belgium.

NY International Shipping also encourages you to look at the reputation and “big picture” of any international relocation company you may be considering. Check out the company’s website and visit their physical office. Never trust an international moving company that does not have an office you can visit and relocation specialists you can talk to in person. You should also do a little additional research by checking out third-party reviews. There are many great websites that offer customer reviews of companies of all types, rating them on their services and past experiences with them. Make sure that any company you consider is a licensed NVOCC by the FMC as well as licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Any reputable international relocation company should be properly insured and bonded, too. You may also want to look at what organizations your overseas moving company is affiliated with or a member of. Look for affiliations/memberships to organizations such as:

Employee Relocation Council/Worldwide ERC®
Foreign Commerce Club of New York
IAM (International Association of Movers)
NY/NJ Foreign Freight Forwarders & Brokers Association Inc.
YP 25 (Young International Movers)

Ports: Antwerp

Prohibited: Drugs, Narcotics, Any Weapon Subject To Special License.

Cont: None

Firearms and Weapons

Required Documents: All must be included in the inventory, showing manufacturer, type of weapon, serial number, and caliber.

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Required Documents: (1) Inventory (2) Identity documents (3) Original certificate of residence in Belgium (4) Proof of cancellation of residence abroad.

Customs Regulations: For shipments originating from a non-EEC country, a certificate showing that the owner has not resided within the EEC during 12 months preceding arrival. For company moves, a duly signed and stamped declaration of the employer, confirming the transfer. For private removals, a certificate issued by the Belgian Consulate at place of origin confirming the transfer.


Remarks: Foreigners not being in the possession of a certificate of residence in Belgium must pay a warranty of 15% for Customs duties, plus 19% VAT, plus BFRS 500 to cover a possible fine.


Required Documents: (1) Original Certificate of residence in Belgium (2) Original registration or certificate of title (3)

Original insurance card from country of origin valid six months prior to arrival in Belgium (4)

Original purchase invoice (5) Proof of residency abroad for twelve months prior to arrival in

Belgium (6) Copy of passport with signature page

Customs Regulations: Must be included in the inventory showing the manufacturer, body and engine number, color, and type of vehicle.


Remarks: Used motor cars are included in the free entry permit, provided the owner had the vehicle in his possession and use for at least six months before the change of residence.


Written by Einat Mazafi
Einat Mazafi is the owner of NY International Shipping, an International Shipping and moving company based in New York. She is also a specialist in providing the best relocation solutions to clients worldwide.