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 2019, Belgium ran a foreign trade surplus of roughly EUR 16.4 billion, which is almost EUR 4.8 billion more than a year earlier.
Belgium's top 15 customers
With nearly EUR 71.0 billion, Germany remained our number one client in 2019. However, exports to this country were down by 0.3% (-EUR 204.1 million) when compared to a year earlier. France held on to second place with exports amounting to EUR 55.8 billion. In comparison to a year earlier, exports had decreased by 2.7% (-EUR 1.6 billion). Finally, Belgian exports to the Netherlands have dropped by 1.4% (-EUR 685.8 million) in value to EUR 47.8 billion in 2019.
Belgium's top 15 suppliers
The Netherlands are still Belgium’s number one supplier. However, imports from this country have decreased by 4.4% (-EUR 3.0 billion) in value and amounted to roughly EUR 66.1 billion in 2019. Germany remained in second place with imports amounting to nearly EUR 50.3 billion, which is a drop of 0.3% (-EUR 169.9 million) when compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, France held on to third place with EUR 37.0 billion (+2.0% or +EUR 711.2 million).