International Trade and Customs

New Rules for B2B Contracts in Belgium


The law of 4 April 2019 "amending the Code of Economic Law as regards abuses of economic dependence, unfair terms and unfair market practices between companies" subjects B2B contracts to stricter rules, in a way similar to what is already the case for B2C contracts.

3 new rules for B2B contracts have been enacted:

  • The prohibition of the "abuse of economic dependence",
  • The prohibition of unfair terms, causing a "manifest imbalance" between parties and the introduction of black lists and grey lists for such clauses,
  • The extension to B2B of the B2C prohibitions existing for some unfair, misleading or aggressive practices.

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