Belgian haulage firms move East

5th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

5 April 2005, BRUSSELS – The number of Belgian road haulage firms moving to Eastern European countries has risen sharply since the EU expanded to 25 countries.

5 April 2005

BRUSSELS – The number of Belgian road haulage firms moving to Eastern European countries has risen sharply since the EU expanded to 25 countries.

Companies have moved East because of rising salaries, heavy social charges and the rising price of diesel in Belgium.

Febetra, the Royal Belgian Transport Federation, said it did not have precise figures of how many haulage firms had switched to Eastern Europe but confirmed that the phenomenon had grown since the EU expanded last May.

The migration East is currently costing the Belgian government hundreds of thousands of euro in social contributions and taxes.

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Subject: Belgian news

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