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 2021)

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export graphics Jan-Dec 2021

Top customers

top 3 customers January-December 2021

With nearly €86.3 billion, Germany remained our number one client in 2021. Exports to this country were up by 33.6% (+€21.7 billion) when compared to a year earlier. France held on to second place with exports amounting to €65.7 billion. In comparison to the year before, exports had increased by 28.9% (+€14.7 billion). Finally, Belgian exports to the Netherlands have risen by 31.1% (+€13.4 billion) in value to €56.4 billion in 2021.

Top suppliers

Top 3 suppliers January-December 2021

The Netherlands have strengthened their position as the number one supplier of goods of Belgium. Imports from this country increased by 44.2% (+€25.7 billion) to €83.9 billion in 2021. Germany remained in second place with imports amounting to €59.2 billion, which is a surge of 23.6% (+€11.3 billion) when compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, France held on to third place with €41.2 billion (+21.0% or +€7.1 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.

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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.

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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.