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 2020, Belgium ran a foreign trade surplus of EUR 21.0 billion, which is almost EUR 3.8 billion more than in 2019.
Belgium's top 15 customers
With roughly EUR 64.1 billion, Germany remained our number one client in 2020. However, exports to this country were down by 10.3% (-EUR 7.3 billion) when compared to a year earlier. France held on to second place with exports amounting to EUR 50.3 billion. In comparison to a year earlier, exports had decreased by 10.9% (-EUR 6.1 billion). Finally, Belgian exports to the Netherlands have dropped by 12.6% (-EUR 6.1 billion) in value to EUR 42.4 billion in 2020.
Belgium's top 15 suppliers
The Netherlands are still Belgium’s number one supplier. However, imports from this country have decreased by 13.0% (-EUR 8.6 billion) to EUR 57.4 billion in 2020. Germany remained in second place with imports amounting to EUR 47.5 billion, which is a drop of 6.8% (-EUR 3.5 billion) when compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, France held on to third place with EUR 34.2 billion (-8.4% or -EUR 3.1 billion).