Your one-group partner in Belgium

Ziegler Relocation
Rue Dieudonné Lefèvre 160
B-1020 Brussels

Company Profile

Ziegler Relocation is exclusively focused on the corporate and diplomatic international market of international moving and relocation. It is owned by the Ziegler Group, a large family-owned logistics business that was founded in 1908. Their office and warehouse are in Brussels, the ‘capital’ of the European Union. Ziegler Relocation helps assignees and their families with their worldwide relocation and provides a wide range of superior services to ensure peace of mind and a smooth and seamless relocation experience.

Complete customer satisfaction is their prime concern and this is actively pursued by their specialized, multilingual staff and network of professional partners throughout the whole world.

Relocation Services

Ziegler Relocation
Rue Dieudonné Lefèvre 160
B-1020 Brussels
Belgium

Tel: +32 2 422 21 10
Fax: +32 2 422 21 51

www.zieglerrelocation.com

Locations: Brussels

 

Contacts

Leo Ots (Management/Corporate Sales/Quality Manager)
Tel: +32 2 422 22 71
[email protected]

Alain Moerenhout (HR)
Tel: +32 2 422 22 86
[email protected]

Denis Braem (Finance)
Tel: +32 2 422 22 38
[email protected]

William Haesendonck (Business Development)
Tel: +32 2 422 22 17
[email protected]

Moving Services

Ziegler Relocation
Rue Dieudonné Lefèvre 160
B-1020 Brussels
Belgium

Tel: +32 2 422 21 10
Fax: +32 2 422 21 51

www.zieglerrelocation.com

Locations: Brussels

 

Contacts

Leo Ots (Management/Corporate Sales/Quality Manager)
Tel: +32 2 422 22 71
[email protected]

Nicole Cooreman  (Moving Operations)
Tel +32 2 422 22 77
[email protected]

Thierry Davignon (Rates)
Tel: +32 2 422 22 83
[email protected]

Alain Moerenhout (HR)
Tel: +32 2 422 22 86
[email protected]

Denis Braem (Finance)
Tel: +32 2 422 22 38
[email protected]

Government typeFederal Parliamentary Democracy under a Constitutional Monarchy
CapitalBrussels
Total Area30,528 km²
IndustriesEngineering and metal products, motor vehicle assembly, transportation equipment, scientific instruments, processed food and beverages, chemicals, basic metals, textiles, glass, petroleum
Famous CitiesAntwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Chaleroi, Ghent, Liège, Namur
Official languagesDutch 60%, French 40%, German (official) less than 1%, legally bilingual - Dutch and French
Country code+32
CurrencyEuro (EUR)
Voltage220 V
Public Holidays

Top 10 Factors when relocating to Belgium

Work Permits & Visas – The Federal Police have a high profile within Belgium and although there is a significant ‘gray economy’, any reputable employer found not holding the correct documentation for their employees could well find themselves blacklisted and experience difficulty in making future applications for permits and visas. The system runs relatively smoothly but employers should ensure that the employee has all the required documents in place in order to make a full and proper application. Work permits take 4-6 weeks for approval.

Registration with the Local Commune – All residents in Belgium need to register with their Local Commune shortly after taking up their accommodation. The process can be straightforward but the requirements will differ from one Commune to another. In some cases, the requirements can be so difficult that assignees may be advised not to live in that particular area. Part of the procedure will be a visit from the local police to confirm identity.

Partner Support – Partners who are not EU nationals may not be able to work in Belgium. A work permit for an assignee does not necessarily enable the partner to work and this can be a major issue for twin career families.

Renting property – Whilst Belgium, particularly Brussels, has a significantly high proportion of expats, the nature and flexibility of lease and tenancy agreements can be very bewildering. Legislation is often heavily in favor of the landlord with substantial costs involved in terminating early. Nine-year lease agreements are common and are often the best option for assignees. Good advice is essential.

Location, Location, Location – Belgium is a small country but is not just limited to Brussels. Relocating assignees outside Brussels can be more challenging however. Almost all the expat support groups are in either Brussels or Antwerp, and similarly the stock of suitable rented properties can be very limited elsewhere. Centers such as Liège and Bruges do have expat communities but other locations can be very lonely for assignees.

The Latin way – No, it is not a typing mistake! The laid back approach of the Belgian way of life may be confused with a more Latin culture. Often things happen when they happen. Service can be very good but promptness and timekeeping may not be of the standard that Americans and Britons are used to and certainly the focus on quality of service is different to that experienced in other countries.

Lazy Sunday Afternoon – Very few shops or outlets are open in the evenings or on Sundays. This can be a problem for the DIY enthusiast or for those in need of extensive retail therapy. It can even be difficult to find somewhere to buy a bottle of milk outside normal shopping hours. However, this does mean that Sundays are great family days and the local parks are often full of families out for a stroll. Similarly, hardly any real estate agents are open on either a Saturday or a Sunday and banks and other stores will also close for lunch during the week.

July / August – Belgium is one of those countries where it is difficult to do a great deal of business during the peak summer months. Whether they are international companies or small village stores, many close down for lengthy periods during July or August. Even some real estate agents, especially outside Brussels, will do so.

Mind your language – Belgium has three official languages: French, Dutch and German. However, speaking French in a predominantly Dutch-speaking Commune can meet with a very cool response.

Purchasing property – With many of today’s relocations being permanent appointments rather than short assignments, employees often consider the possibility of purchasing in the new location rather than renting. In Belgium, property values have risen over recent years, as in all Western nations, but have not seen the peaks and falls that have been experienced elsewhere. The cost of the sale and purchase transaction is normally in the region of 15-20% of the property value.