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 - December 2022)
With €128.6 billion, Germany remained our number one client in 2022. Exports to this country were up by 48.1% (+€41.7 billion) when compared to a year earlier. The Netherlands was positioned in second place with exports amounting to €83.4 billion. In comparison to 2021, exports had increased by 46.4% (+€26.4 billion). Finally, Belgian exports to France have risen by 18.6% (+€12.4 billion) in value to €79.3 billion in 2022.
The Netherlands have strengthened their position as the number one supplier of goods of Belgium. Imports from this country increased by 31.8% (+€26.3 billion) to €108.9 billion in 2022. Germany remained in second place with imports amounting to €68.3 billion, which is a surge of 7.4% (+€4.7 billion) when compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, France held on to third place with €54.5 billion (+32.5% or +€13.4 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.
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.
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.
The BFTA uses several primary sources to draw up its studies: the National Bank of Belgium, Eurostat, the World Trade Organization and others.
Need more information about statistics and Belgian trade? Contact:
- Christelle CharlierDirector - Studies and Statistics
- Dennis GijsbrechtsInternational Trade Analyst - Statistics