Belgian chambers of commerce are organisations under private law. Compared with a number of other countries, membership of a chamber is not obligatory for companies in Belgium. This freedom of membership spurs chambers on to offer services that provide their members a clear added value.
Chambers bring business people and enterprises together with a view to creating new opportunities and promoting cross fertilisation, to assist them and to create added value for the enterprises. They dedicate themselves to an environment in which free entrepreneurship is encouraged, and that way wish to contribute fundamentally to prosperity and well-being in their region. Chambers of commerce can be found all over the world. This makes them unique. No other business organisation whatsoever is at the same time so locally anchored and so international. This means they are well positioned to help enterprises both with defending interests locally and with their international growth.
No new chambers of commerce can be founded in Belgium. The 13 existing chambers are active throughout the Belgian territory and have an accreditation from the FPS Economy for issuing certificates of origin. A bilateral chamber can become a member if it complies with the conditions of the accreditation programme.
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