1. WHEN YOU IMPORT GOODS (INCLUDING CARS) AT YOUR ARRIVAL AT SHAPE
When you first arrive at SHAPE to take up your post, you may import all your belongings from a third country free of duty and tax, but only if some conditions have been fulfilled (proof of 6months of ownership and use in the precedent third country of residence and no residence in Belgium before).
- We call this the "moving customs duty exemption”.
- It applies only if you have come from a third country (USA, Canada, Norway, Turkey, etc.) and NOT from EU.
- It applies only once.
Again when arriving at SHAPE to take up your post, you are also entitled to import temporarily all kinds of personal goods (including vehicles such as cars) free of duty and tax, if you make a customs declaration (NATO Form302) and on the condition that you will re-export all these goods by the end of your posting in Belgium.
2. WHEN YOU PURCHASE INSIDE SHAPE CANTEENS DURING YOUR DUTY AT SHAPE
At the SHAPE compound you as SHAPE’sponsor are entitled to purchase tax-free all goods available inside the SHAPE canteens (Carrefour Shop and the RIS Shop) if you can justify your entitlement by showing your SHAPE ID card. Alcoholic and tobacco products are allowed in exemption within certain quantities limits. Other products may be limited by value.
Pay attention: you are not allowed to sell, transfer, or otherwise dispose of items you purchased or imported free of duty to anybody not entitled to these exemptions. A breach of Belgian customs and tax regulations can result in fines by Belgian Customs authorities and adverse administrative action by your own civil or military authorities.
3. WHEN YOU IMPORT GOODS AFTER YOUR ARRIVAL
On the contrary, when during your posting at SHAPE you return back from a non-EU country with souvenirs (leisure travel or mission travel); you may also import some goods free of duty and tax within certain limits: Goods worth no more than 430EUR (more or less 325USD) and within certain quantities for alcohol beverages and tobacco products.