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Good reasons to consider maritime trade with Belgium

You are likely to struggle to find out about cargo shipping companies that can help you, as effectively as Wake Marine, to export liquid goods from the UK to other countries. We have international renown as independent ship brokers and we routinely endeavour to have cargo transported safely, economically and for the appropriate time. However, it is possible that you are unsure which countries you should try to export liquid items to - in which case, allow us to recommend that you consider Belgium. This Western Europe country is, of course, well known for its making of chocolate and beer, but still demands particular liquid products from other countries. Below, we explain more about Belgium and the liquid goods that you could successfully export to it.

 

There's much more to Belgium than just chocolate and beer

Côte d'Or, Neuhaus, Leonidas, Godiva. All of these are famous brands of Belgian chocolate and pralines. However, even chocolate from Belgium isn't as sweet as deals that you could enjoy through maritime trade with the country. These brands do, however, help to demonstrate the economic importance of Belgium. This importance has doubtless been encouraged by the fact that the country includes headquarters of several major international organisations including the European Union and NATO. Furthermore, it has been estimated that, as of 2013, Belgium was the sixteenth largest importer globally, with imports worth $310.2 billion. All of these statistics seem more impressive when it is considered that Belgium is not relatively large in either size or population; it measures 30,528 square kilometres and is populated by about 11 million people.

 

Time for a history lesson...

Belgium was once part, along with the Netherlands and Luxembourg, of what were commonly called the Low Countries. However, the area of the Low Countries used to cover an area somewhat larger than the area of these three countries today. Earlier than this, the Roman province of Gallia Belgica had comprised of roughly the same area as the Low Countries. The area of Belgium was renowned for its commerce and culture from the end of the Middle Ages until the seventeenth century. Belgium, including both the area of Belgium which was part of the Netherlands until 1830 and the independent country of Belgium that has existed since then, has been the setting of major battles between European powers. For example, it was in what is now the independent Belgium that the Battle of Waterloo, at which Napoleon suffered his final military defeat, occurred in 1815.

 

What could you effectively export to Belgium?

So, what exactly could you export to Belgium through liquid shipping arranged by Wake Marine? You can get a good idea by considering what that country's major imports are; those imports include chemicals and oil products, each of which can be transported to Belgium on tankers with our help. Consider this and other advice you could come across through reading posts on the blog of this liquid transport company's website and you are unlikely to meet your own Waterloo through maritime trade with Belgium.