The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency (BFTA) is responsible for gathering, processing and disseminating comparative national and international statistics. We draw up, among others, bilateral sheets about Belgium’s relationship with other countries and commentary memos on world trade and Belgium’s foreign trade.
After the first nine months of 2017, Belgium ran a foreign trade surplus of EUR 18.0 billion, up from EUR 17.1 billion after the same period a year earlier.
Belgium's top 15 customers
With EUR 48.0 billion, Germany remained our number one client after the first nine months of 2017. Exports grew by 5.7%, when compared to a year earlier. France held on to second place with exports amounting to EUR 42.5 billion. In comparison to the previous year, exports had increased by 2.8%. Finally, Belgian exports to the Netherlands were up by 12.3% in value, from EUR 29.9 billion in 2016 (first semester) to EUR 33.5 billion in 2017 (equivalent period).
Belgium's top 15 suppliers
The Netherlands are still Belgium’s number one supplier. Imports from this country increased by 15.6% in value, from EUR 39.2 billion after the first nine months of 2016 to 45.3 billion after the same period of 2017. Germany remained in second place with imports amounting to EUR 36.9 billion, which is a rise of 7.6% when compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, France held on to third place with EUR 25.3 billion (+6.4%).