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.
In 2017, Belgium ran a foreign trade surplus of EUR 23.4 billion, up from EUR 17.1 billion a year earlier.
Belgium's top 15 customers
With EUR 63.3 billion, Germany remained our number one client in 2017. Exports grew by 6.3% (+EUR 3.8 billion) when compared to a year earlier. France held on to second place with exports amounting to EUR 56.7 billion. In comparison to the previous year, exports had increased by 2.9% (+EUR 1.6 billion). Finally, Belgian exports to the Netherlands were up by 13.4% in value, from EUR 40.3 billion in 2016 to EUR 45.7 billion in 2017.
Belgium's top 15 suppliers
The Netherlands are still Belgium’s number one supplier. Imports from this country increased by 8.1% in value, from EUR 57.1 billion in 2016 to 61.7 billion in 2017. Germany remained in second place with imports amounting to EUR 49.3 billion, which is a rise of 5.9% (+EUR 2.8 billion) when compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, France held on to third place with EUR 34.0 billion (+5.2% or +EUR 1.7 billion).