Although there is a lot to tell about Belgian foreign trade, most of the figures speak for themselves. The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency therefore provides a whole range of structured figures on Belgium's trade with other countries.

Top 3 of Belgian export products (January - March 2024)

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export graphics January - March 2024

Top customers

top 3 customers January-March 2024

With €21.6 billion, Germany remained our number one client after the first three months of 2024. However, exports to this country were down by 21.0% (€-5.7 billion) when compared to the same period a year earlier. The Netherlands were positioned in second place with exports amounting to €16.3 billion. In comparison to the equivalent period of 2023, exports had decreased by 9.6% (€-1.7 billion). Finally, Belgian exports to France have fallen by 16.3% (€-3.2 billion) in value to €16.2 billion after the first quarter of 2024.

Top suppliers

Top 3 suppliers January-March 2024

The Netherlands have maintained their position as the number one supplier of goods of Belgium. However, imports from this country decreased by 2.7% (€-689.3 million) to €24.4 billion after the first three months of 2024. Germany remained in second place with imports amounting to €14.4 billion, which is a drop of 13.6% (€-2.3 billion) when compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, France held on to third place with €12.2 billion (-7.6% or €-1.0 billion).

Belgian Foreign Trade Study

  • The different editions of the Belgian Foreign Trade study provide you with an overall picture of Belgian foreign trade in recent years. The visual design of these publications (in English) ensures that the figures are perfectly reflected.

    cover Belgian Foreign Trade publication 2023

World Trade Study

  • The World Trade publication is drawn up based on the WTO’s figures. In addition to outlining the evolution of world trade, this publication also covers Belgium’s global ranking as an importer and exporter of goods and services.

    cover World Trade publication 2023

Quarterly Brochures

The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency publishes a quarterly brochure with the main data on Belgium's foreign trade. This document provides information on the most important customers, suppliers, import and export products.
These brochures present quarterly figures. Monthly statistics are available upon request (see contact details).

 

Belgium's Most Important Export Products

Belgium is an important transit point for Europe. However, Belgium also has its own range of products for export. In these documents you will find an overview of the main Belgian export products.

Useful links

The BFTA uses several primary sources to draw up its studies: the National Bank of Belgium, Eurostat, the World Trade Organization and others.