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 2019, Belgium ran a foreign trade surplus of almost EUR 3.2 billion, which is EUR 632.1 million less than after the same period a year earlier.
Belgium's top 15 customers
With EUR 18.1 billion, Germany remained our number one client after the first three months of 2019. Exports grew by 3.8% (+EUR 657.3 million) when compared to a year earlier. France held on to second place with exports amounting to EUR 14.0 billion. In comparison to a year earlier, exports had decreased by 4.5% (-EUR 664.1 million). Finally, Belgian exports to the Netherlands were down slightly by 0.1% (-EUR 7.7 million) in value to EUR 11.4 billion after the first quarter of 2019.
Belgium's top 15 suppliers
The Netherlands are still Belgium’s number one supplier. However, imports from this country decreased by 2.4% in value, from almost EUR 17.0 billion after the first quarter of 2018 to a little less than EUR 16.6 billion a year later. Germany remained in second place with imports amounting to EUR 13.0 billion, which is an increase of 0.3% (+EUR 44.9 million) when compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, France held on to third place with EUR 9.1 billion (+3.0% or +EUR 261.6 million).