BNP Paribas Fortis welcomes you  to Belgium

Development / Europe / International Payments

Small country, big history. Belgium has a host of strengths to offer your international corporation looking to establish its Head office here, and BNP Paribas Fortis has the solutions and custom advice that you, your company and your employees need.

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Geographical and cultural gateway to Europe

Belgium is a founding member of the European Union, ideally situated between Germany, the Netherlands, France and Luxembourg. The country boasts a highly regarded quality of life and a rich artistic and cultural heritage. Rubens, Magritte, Hergé,… were born in Belgium!

Belgium stands out for its continental and global mobility. Airports in Brussels, Liège, Charleroi, Antwerp and Ostend offer a full range of international connections. Major cities like Paris, Amsterdam, London and Cologne are readily accessible thanks to a European network of high-speed trains that enables business leaders and their employees to travel swiftly and conveniently.

Thanks to our North Sea coast and major rivers, Belgium also has several major ports for the worldwide transport of goods (Antwerp, Zeebrugge, Ghent, Ostend, Brussels and Liège). A dense network of inland waterways allows profitable and ecological transportation across the country and into continental Europe.

Open economy

The country’s economy is firmly internationalized, with exports accounting for more than 85% of Belgium’s gross domestic product in 2017.

Brussels is the capital of Europe, hosting the European Commission and Parliament, NATO headquarters, Eurocontrol, the World Customs Organisation, Swift and Euroclear, together with 3,000 other international organisations, 160 embassies and over 800 international NGOs. The city is also a leading centre for the media, trade and business, bringing together 1,200 journalists, 1,300 international companies and hundreds of legal and consultancy firms. With many different languages and nationalities, Belgium is worldwide known for its culture of ‘compromise’!

Top-quality education

Belgium offers a highly educated, multilingual and productive workforce. Our higher-education sector has developed close ties with business, while flourishing knowledge hubs across the country drive innovation in a variety of fields. Belgium represents 18% of Europe’s biotech turnover, for instance, and over a tenth of its total R&D spend.

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Government financial support

Belgium is a federal country. Its three Regions (Flemish Region, Walloon Region and Brussels Capital Region) are responsible for their own employment and trade (imports and exports), with each offering its own benefits and financial incentives. These vary according to the associated employment and value creation. EU structural funds support foreign investment too.


Competitive tax environment

Various benefits are available to you on the tax front, including:

  • Attractive corporation tax rates
  • Tax breaks on energy-saving investments
  • Tax breaks on R&D investments
  • An innovation deduction for income from sources like patents and copyright-protected software
  • Carry-over of tax losses to subsequent financial years without a time limit
  • Deferred settlement of import VAT on purchased goods: no advance VAT payment or guarantee is required

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Who are we?

Two out of three companies registered in Belgium have placed their trust in us. Wherever they happen to be in the country, they can count on their Relationship Manager, whose priority is to identify the opportunities available to them and suggest responses that add real value. When necessary, your Relationship Manager will call in our experts in the following areas:

Cash Management



Fixed Income

Global Trade Solutions

Capital Markets

Real Estate

Asset Management

Corporate Finance

Mergers & Acquisitions

Private Equity

Personal Finance

Structured Finance

Investment Solutions

Securities Services

In addition to our thorough knowledge of the Belgian market, you can rely on the global resources of the BNP Paribas group.

Marc Oursin Shurgard established its global centre of excellence in Brussels. Its CEO, Marc Oursin, says: “It seemed an obvious choice for us because of the city’s central location in Europe, but also because its residents speak a number of languages. The choice of BNP Paribas Fortis as main banking partner was driven by the fact that we wanted to use a single bank for optimum management of our cash flows. The Cash Management program implemented by BNP Paribas Fortis has given us a better overview of our cash flow situation in all countries where we are present.”

What specifically can we offer you?

Your company wants to establish its business in Belgium and  thinks of buying or renting premises or equipment? Perhaps you have seasonal operations that mean you need to optimize your working capital? Whatever your company requires, our entire banking and insurance offering is here to serve you: traditional finance, factoring and leasing.

It’s also important for an international business like yours to benefit from the excellent international cash management tools offered by BNP Paribas Fortis: cash pooling, notional pooling and reporting solutions, including online platforms that let you manage in real time your payments and collections between all your accounts around the world.

Whatever your specific payment security needs might be, we have an integrated cross-border finance offering for both exports and imports. Doing business internationally also means dealing with market volatility. Our Fixed Income Sales team will help you shield your company from fluctuations in interest rates, exchange rates.

You might also be weighing up potential acquisitions or nurturing ambitions of fresh growth. Our Private Equity and Corporate Finance experts will guide you through the key stages of your project.


We roll out the red carpet for your employees

We’re the leading bank in Belgium when it comes to enabling future expats like you and your employees to become clients remotely and in a few clicks. An application will only take 15 minutes. Once it is accepted, everything will then be ready and waiting for you on the day you arrive: accounts, cards, rental deposit and insurances! You can get on with living, working and savouring all our wonderful country has to offer straight away.

Do you need to recruit fresh talent? Reward the staff who’ve moved with you? BNP Paribas Fortis can help you offer your employees all sorts of extra benefits, including company cars, hospitalisation insurance,...

We’re committed to inspiring you. Sustainably

Didier BeauvoisI am convinced that we can always do more and better for our clients, first of all by investing in their preferred channels, by further simplifying our processes and by contributing to lasting results for their business on a daily basis’. Didier Beauvois, Head of Corporate Banking and member of the BNP Paribas Fortis Executive Board.

Through our achievements, we want to prove that we are both a financial services provider AND a socially responsible company. Where CSR is concerned, BNP Paribas Fortis has long adhered to strict codes of conduct, as its investments reflect on its clients, its employees, its reputation and the sector as a whole.

Setting the right example and helping businesses on the way towards sustainability has to be the raison d’être for a major bank.

The country of beer, chocolate, waffles, fries and business

Belgium is one of the best environments (cultural, social, educational, medical, …) in Europe to live in and  to set up your business.

Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency (AWEX) and Brussels Invest & Export have the detailed information you need to choose the right location in Belgium.

The Belgian dream exists. It's yours. And
BNP Paribas Fortis helps you make it happen.

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