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 2021, Belgium ran a foreign trade surplus of EUR 6.7 billion, which is EUR 1.9 billion more than after the equivalent period of 2020.
Belgium's top 15 customers
With roughly EUR 17.6 billion, Germany remained our number one client after the first three months of 2021. Exports to this country were up by 1.7% (+EUR 286.9 million) when compared to the same period a year earlier. France held on to second place with exports amounting to EUR 14.9 billion. In comparison to a year earlier, exports had increased by 10.0% (+EUR 1.4 billion). Finally, Belgian exports to the Netherlands have risen by 5.5% (+EUR 621.2 million) in value to EUR 11.9 billion after the first quarter of 2021.
Belgium's top 15 suppliers
The Netherlands have strengthened their position as the number one supplier of goods of Belgium. Imports from this country increased by 18.7% (+EUR 2.9 billion) to EUR 18.6 billion during the first three months of 2021. Germany remained in second place with imports amounting to EUR 12.3 billion, which is a drop of 2.6% (-EUR 325.2 million) when compared to the same period a year earlier. Meanwhile, France held on to third place with EUR 9.7 billion (+6.3% or +EUR 575.0 million).