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Statistics

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.

Trade Balance

After the first nine months of 2018, Belgium ran a foreign trade surplus of EUR 12.1 billion, which is EUR 2.1 billion less than after the same period a year earlier.

Belgium's top 15 customers

 

With EUR 52.8 billion, Germany remained our number one client after the first nine months of 2018. Exports grew by 9.7% (+EUR 4.7 billion) when compared to a year earlier. France held on to second place with exports amounting to EUR 42.8 billion. In comparison to a year earlier, exports had increased slightly by 0.6% (+EUR 270.9 million). Finally, Belgian exports to the Netherlands were up by 6.3% in value, from EUR 33.7 billion in 2017 (first nine months) to EUR 35.8 billion in 2018 (equivalent period).
Belgium's top 15 customers

Belgium's top 15 customers

Belgium's top 15 suppliers

The Netherlands are still Belgium’s number one supplier. Imports from this country increased by 9.5% in value, from EUR 45.7 billion after the first nine months of 2017 to EUR 50.1 billion after the equivalent period of 2018. Germany remained in second place with imports amounting to EUR 37.2 billion, which is a decline of 1.8% (-EUR 680.0 million) when compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, France held on to third place with EUR 26.3 billion (+2.9% or +EUR 738.9 million).
Belgium's top 15 suppliers

Belgium's top 15 suppliers