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Open a Merchant Account in Belgium

Updated on Friday 14th April 2023

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Open-a-Merchant-Account-in-Belgium.jpgBelgian companies that need a solution for accepting online payments from their clients can open a merchant account in Belgium. This allows customers to pay via a credit or debit card and can be an important step toward diversifying the client range and for improving the services provided by the company. 
Any type of company in Belgium can provide for this service, whether it is a small company or a large corporation. In some business sectors, this remains preferred payment method.
The set-up process for a merchant account is simple and it is usually performed with the same bank where the corporate account is opened. One of our Belgian company formation agents can help you open an account for online payments.

The merchant account used by Belgian companies

Because many customers have become accustomed to and even prefer card and online payments, companies in Belgium choose to open a merchant account in order to offer this payment option to their clients.
The merchant account is a type of bank account in Belgium that allows for debit and credit card payments. It includes an agreement between the client and the merchant bank that settles the payment transactions. The fees for the service are established by the bank and they can be monthly or per transaction. A merchant discount rate can apply.
Investors who open a company in Belgium can open a merchant account in order to better provide for the needs of their clients.

Open a bank account in Belgium

Belgian companies can opt for setting up a merchant account as soon as they open the corporate bank account. This is especially useful for online businesses. Investors who set-up online stores or who provide services to international clients need to have this step in mind when they open a company in Belgium.
The bank with which the account is open will typically ask for certain company documents, like the incorporation papers and a financial situation. Smaller companies or those that have had financial issues in the past, including bankruptcy, may be subject to a stricter evaluation from the bank before the account is set up.
Opening a merchant account is just one of the steps investors needs to be concerned with when opening a company. VAT registration in Belgium is performed for all types of legal entities and it is done once the company is registered with the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises. The company number assigned upon registration will thus become that legal entity’s value-added tax number.
Contact us for more information on company formation in Belgium and how we can help you open a company here. 

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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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