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 nine months of 2019, Belgium ran a foreign trade surplus of almost EUR 12.4 billion, which is EUR 660.1 million more than after the same period a year earlier.
Belgium's top 15 customers
With EUR 53.6 billion, Germany remained our number one client after the first nine months of 2019. Exports grew by 1.3% (+EUR 683.1 million) when compared to a year earlier. France held on to second place with exports amounting to EUR 41.8 billion. In comparison to a year earlier, exports had decreased by 2.5% (-EUR 1.1 billion). Finally, Belgian exports to the Netherlands were down by 1.7% (-EUR 617.8 million) in value to EUR 35.2 billion after the first nine months of 2019.
Belgium's top 15 suppliers
The Netherlands are still Belgium’s number one supplier. However, imports from this country decreased by 2.1% (-EUR 1.1 billion) in value and amounted to roughly EUR 49.0 billion after the first nine months of 2019. Germany remained in second place with imports amounting to EUR 37.4 billion, which is a rise of 0.3% (+EUR 106.0 million) when compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, France held on to third place with EUR 27.6 billion (+5.0% or +EUR 1.3 billion).