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Security for Airport and Aerospace, Maritime and Port, and High-Threat Targets in Belgium: A Strategic Reference, 200609

  • Published: July 2007
  • Region: Belgium
  • 67 pages
  • ICON Group International

How to Strategically Evaluate Belgium

Perhaps the most efficient way of evaluating Belgium is to consider key dimensions which themselves are composites of multiple factors. Composite portfolio approaches have long been used by strategic planners. The biggest challenge in this approach is to choose the appropriate factors that are the most relevant to international planning. The two measures of greatest relevance to security for airport and aerospace, maritime and port, and high-threat targets are “latent demand” and “market accessibility”. The figure below summarizes the key dimensions and recommendations of such an approach. Using these two composites, one can prioritize all countries of the world. Countries of high latent demand and high relative accessibility (e.g. easier entry for one firm compared to other firms) are given highest priority. The figure below shows two different scenarios. Accessibility is defined as a firm’s ease of entering or supplying from or to a market (the “supply side”), and latent demand is an indicator of the potential in serving from or to the market (the “demand side”).
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1 INTRODUCTION & METHODOLOGY 1
1.1 What Does This Report Cover? 1
1.2 How to Strategically Evaluate Belgium 1
1.3 Latent Demand and Accessibility in Belgium 3
2 SECURITY FOR AIRPORT AND AEROSPACE, MARITIME AND PORT, AND HIGH-THREAT TARGETS IN BELGIUM 4
2.1 Latent Demand and Accessibility: Background 4
2.2 Latent Demand: Aspects of Interest 4
2.2.1 Market Dynamics 4
2.2.2 Target Buyers 6
2.3 Accessibility: Key Factors 6
2.3.1 Import Market 6
2.4 Accessibility: The Structure of Competition 7
2.4.1 Market Entry 7
2.4.2 Opportunities for Profile Building 8
2.5 Key Contacts 9
2.5.1 Government 9
2.5.2 Airports 9
2.5.3 Trade Organizations 10
2.5.4 Upcoming Trade Shows and Events 10
3 MACRO-ACCESSIBILITY IN BELGIUM 11
3.1 Executive Summary 11
3.2 Political Risks 12
3.2.1 Economic Relationship with the United States 12
3.2.2 Politics and the Business Environment 12
3.2.3 The Political System 12
3.3 Marketing Strategies 13
3.3.1 Distribution Channel Options 13
3.3.2 Agents and Distributors 13
3.3.3 Contacting and Evaluating Potential Representatives 15
3.3.4 Franchising Activities 16
3.3.5 Direct Marketing Options 16
3.3.6 Joint Ventures and Licensing Options 17
3.3.7 Advertising and Trade Promotion 17
3.3.8 Steps to Establishing an Office 18
3.3.9 Selling Strategies 19
3.3.10 Labeling Issues 19
3.3.11 Pricing Issues 19
3.3.12 Currency 20
3.3.13 Public Sector Marketing 21
3.3.14 Intellectual Property Risks 21
3.3.15 Hiring Local Counsel 23
3.4 Import and Export Regulation Risks 23
3.4.1 Effects of the EU Single Market 23
3.4.2 Trade Barrier Risks 23
3.4.3 Government Procurement 24
3.4.4 Eco-Taxes and Environmental Regulation 24
3.4.5 Cattle Growth Hormone Ban 24
3.4.6 Valuations on Imports 24
3.4.7 Licenses Required for Imports 25
3.4.8 Controls on Exports 25
3.4.9 Documentation Required for Trade 26
3.4.10 Licenses Required for Imports 26
3.4.11 U.S. Shippers Export Declaration 26
3.4.12 Consular Fees 26
3.4.13 Entering Temporary Imports 27
3.4.14 Labeling Issues 27
3.4.15 Restrictions on Imports 28
3.4.16 Local Standards 30
3.4.17 Technical Regulations 31
3.4.18 Labeling Issues 31
3.4.19 Free Trade Zones and Warehouses 32
3.4.20 Additional Trade Issues 33
3.4.21 Adherence to Free Trade Agreements 34
3.5 Investment Climate 34
3.5.1 Openness to Foreign Investment 34
3.5.2 Takeover Legislation 34
3.5.3 Screening 35
3.5.4 National Treatment 35
3.5.5 Conversion and Transfer Policies 35
3.5.6 Expropriation and Compensation 35
3.5.7 Dispute Settlement 36
3.5.8 Performance Requirements and Incentives 36
3.5.9 Non-Tariff Barriers 38
3.5.10 Right to Private Ownership and Establishment 38
3.5.11 Protection of Property Rights 39
3.5.12 Transparency of the Regulatory System 40
3.5.13 Capital Market Risks 40
3.5.14 Corruption 41
3.5.15 Bilateral Investment Agreements 42
3.5.16 OPIC and Other Investment Insurance 42
3.5.17 Labor 42
3.5.18 Foreign Trade Zones and Free Ports 43
3.6 Trade and Project Financing 44
3.6.1 The Banking System 44
3.6.2 Factors Affecting the Banking Climate 44
3.6.3 The Euro 45
3.6.4 Foreign Exchange Control Risks 45
3.6.5 General Financing Availability 46
3.6.6 Financing Export Strategies 46
3.6.7 Types of Available Export Financing 47
3.6.8 Financing Projects 47
3.6.9 Banks with Correspondent U.S. Banking Arrangements 47
3.7 Travel Risks 50
3.7.1 Local Business Practices 50
3.7.2 Visas and Work Permits 50
3.7.3 Travel Issues 50
3.7.4 Infrastructure for Conducting Business 51
3.7.5 Country Data 51
3.8 Key Contacts 52
3.8.1 U.S. Government Contacts 52
3.8.2 Chambers of Commerce 53
3.8.3 Belgian Trade and Industry Associations 53
3.8.4 Belgian Consulates and Embassies in the U.S. 55
3.8.5 Belgian Regional Governments 56
3.8.6 Belgian Export Promotion 57
3.8.7 Belgian Foreign Investment Offices 57
3.8.8 American State Offices in Belgium 58
4 DISCLAIMERS, WARRANTEES, AND USER AGREEMENT PROVISIONS 59
4.1 Disclaimers & Safe Harbor 59
4.2 Icon Group International, Inc. User Agreement Provisions 60

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