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 six months of 2018, Belgium ran a foreign trade surplus of EUR 8.7 billion, which is EUR 48.2 million lower than after the same period a year earlier.
Belgium's top 15 customers
With EUR 34.7 billion, Germany remained our number one client after the first six months of 2018. Exports grew by 6.5% (+EUR 2.1 billion) when compared to a year earlier. France held on to second place with exports amounting to EUR 28.7 billion. In comparison to a year earlier, exports had however decreased by 1.1% (-EUR 322.2 million). Finally, Belgian exports to the Netherlands were up by 3.8% in value, from EUR 22.4 billion in 2017 (first six months) to EUR 23.2 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 6.2% in value, from EUR 31.1 billion after the first six months of 2017 to EUR 33.0 billion after the equivalent period of 2018. Germany remained in second place with imports amounting to EUR 25.3 billion, which is a decline of 1.8% (-EUR 457.8 million) when compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, France held on to third place with EUR 17.5 billion (+1.1% or +EUR 196.4 million).