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.
After the first three months of 2018, Belgium ran a foreign trade surplus of EUR 5.5 billion, up from EUR 3.6 billion a year earlier.
Belgium's top 15 customers
With EUR 17.2 billion, Germany remained our number one client after the first three months of 2018. Exports grew by 4.6% (+EUR 762.7 million) when compared to a year earlier. France held on to second place with exports amounting to EUR 14.4 billion. In comparison to a year earlier, exports had decreased by 2.8% (-EUR 420.7 million). Finally, Belgian exports to the Netherlands were up by 2.0% in value, from EUR 10.9 billion in 2017 (first three months) to EUR 11.2 billion in 2018 (equivalent period).
Belgium's top 15 suppliers
The Netherlands are still Belgium’s number one supplier. Imports from this country increased by 3.1% in value, from EUR 16.4 billion after the first three months of 2017 to 16.9 billion after the equivalent period of 2018. Germany remained in second place with imports amounting to EUR 12.8 billion, which is a small decline of 0.1% (-EUR 16.7 million) when compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, France held on to third place with EUR 8.7 billion (+1.1% or +EUR 98.2 million).