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 2016, Belgium ran a foreign trade surplus of EUR 26.0 billion, up from EUR 19.6 billion a year earlier.
Belgium's top 15 customers
With EUR 59.5 billion, Germany remained our number one client in 2016. Exports fell by 0.7%, when compared to a year earlier. France held on to second place with exports amounting to EUR 54.9 billion. In comparison to the previous year, exports had decreased by 0.9%. Finally, Belgian exports to the Netherlands dropped by 2.3% in value, from EUR 41.1 billion in 2015 to EUR 40.1 billion in 2016.
Belgium's top 15 suppliers
The Netherlands are still Belgium’s number one supplier. However, imports fell by 6.2%, from EUR 56.6 billion in 2015 to 53.1 billion in 2016. Germany remained in second place with imports amounting to EUR 44.7 billion, which is an increase of 3.3% when compared to a year earlier. Despite a cutback in imports of 2.8%, France held on to third place with EUR 31.2 billion.