Looking to take part in an international trade event abroad?
The subsidy applies to expenditure arising from the hire , installation and management of a stand, transport and accommodation costs, with the exception of staff costs.
This expenditure covers costs related to a maximum of two people taking part in each trade fair .
A stand must be hired to receive this subsidy.
The company must take part in the trade fair under its own name and send its own delegate(s) from Belgium who will represent it and manage the stand for the full duration of the event. Companies taking part in trade fairs and exhibitions abroad under the name of their agent, importer or foreign distributor or under the name of their parent company or foreign subsidiary cannot receive a subsidy, even if the invoice is made out to the company.
Companies taking part in a group stand at international trade fairs abroad may also receive the subsidy, provided no other form of subsidy is provided for this event.
 The cost of hiring a stand is not eligible when it relates to a joint stand subsidised by the Brussels-Capital Region.
 Also includes trade shows, exhibitions, markets, sales and even meetings with partners.
|Subsidy for taking part in trade fairs abroad |
|Percentage of the subsidy||50% of expenditures |
75% for start ups 
|Estimated minimum costs||€1,000|
|Maximum subsidy||€4,000 / subsidy|
|Maximum number of subsidies||4 subsidies/calendar year |
and taking part in the same trade fair a maximum of 4 times 
 The sums stated exclude VAT.
 Your company is deemed to be a start-up if it has been registered with the Banque Carrefour des Entreprises for less than four years.
 For international trade fairs and exhibitions which are held twice per calendar year, participation in both is considered as a single participation.
- The duly completed and signed special form  ;
- The participation application sent to the organisers of the trade fair or exhibition, or any other document specifying the registration fees and the cost of hiring the stand
 In particular, you should outline your business plan for promoting foreign trade of which the initiative for which you are applying for a subsidy is a part.
When completing the application form, we recommend that you save it to your computer before opening it. That way, you will not risk losing the data you enter.
To complete the form, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader version 8.1.2 or later. Click here to download the latest version.
If you are using a Mac, ensure that you open the file with Adobe Reader (and not the Mac PDF reader).
N.B. When the form opens, you will only see 2 pages on the screen. You need to tick the subsidy you are interested in on the second page in order for the form to adjust to the subsidy requested.
After having ticked the subsidy requested, you will see the following pages appear:
- Part I: company's contact details and financial information;
- Part II: information about the project in relation to which you are applying for a financial subsidy;
- Part III: declaration on honour, to be signed, testifying that the information provided is accurate.
- by post :
Administration of Economy and Employment, Direction des Aides aux Entreprises
Boulevard du Jardin Botanique, 20
- or by e-mail :
firstname.lastname@example.org, not forgetting to sign the last page.
If you send your application by e-mail, please do not send a copy by post.
- the regulations,
- available brochures and
- annual reports on grants for companies