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How to Start a Bookstore in Belgium

Updated on Friday 14th April 2023

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How-to-Start-a-Bookstore-in-Belgium.jpgStarting a bookstore in Belgium can be a lovely and lucrative business idea. Brussels and other Belgian cities all have bookshops of all sizes that cater to the needs of local and foreign customers. Typically, these bookstores will have an English book section and include newspapers, magazines, CDs, DVDs and other items in foreign languages. 
In order to open a bookstore in Belgium, entrepreneurs will need a business plan (ideally based on their target customer’s profiles and the services offered by other similar establishments in the area) and a favorable location to base their new business. 
Our Belgian company formation agents can give you specific information on the laws for foreign investments.

How to open a bookstore in Belgium

Bookstores are found in all major Belgian cities and most of them offer additional services or events to their customers. Poetry nights or children’s activities, offering loyalty cards and special discount process are just some ideas to keep book lovers coming back to your library. 
Buying a property in Belgium or renting suitable premises for the new bookstore is an important step. Investors will need to consider the available/needed space for their new business as well as any logistical and storage issues.
In order to open a company in Belgium, those interested in starting a bookstore will need to follow a few simple steps.
Full foreign ownership is possible in Belgium and foreign investors enjoy the same rights (and have the same duties and responsibilities) as nationals. 

How to open a company in Belgium

There are several types of companies available in Belgium suited to business types of all sizes. Investors who share the same business goals may form a partnership, however, the most popular business form for bookstores is the private limited company or the NV.
This business structure allows its founders to have limited liability for the debts of the company and needs to be registered with the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises. At least two founders are needed to form this type of company but there are no requirements regarding nationality. 
Those investors who open a company in Belgium will also need to pay attention to the applicable tax laws, the accounting, filing and auditing requirements. A reduced VAT rate applies to books.
Are you planning on opening a bookstore or another type of company? You should know that part of the company’s obligations consists of registering for value-added tax. This is done electronically, and VAT registration in Belgium takes place once the company is registered with the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises (and it will have its assigned number activated as a VAT number).
For more information on doing business in the country please do not hesitate to contact our company registration agents in Belgium.

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Karel Mul is a Doctor of Laws and Master of Roman Notarial Law (Ghent University). He is an experienced corporate lawyer and an active member of numerous international organizations. He will help you establish your company in Belgium and assist you in all business related issues you may encounter.

Call us now at (+32) (0)3 2373426 to set up an appointment with our consultants in Antwerp , Belgium. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to Belgium.

As our client, you will beneficiate from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in Belgium.

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