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 six months of 2019, Belgium ran a foreign trade surplus of almost EUR 6.7 billion, which is EUR 1.8 billion less than after the same period a year earlier.
Belgium's top 15 customers
With EUR 37.0 billion, Germany remained our number one client after the first six months of 2019. Exports grew by 5.8% (+EUR 2,035.3 million) when compared to a year earlier. France held on to second place with exports amounting to EUR 28.4 billion. In comparison to a year earlier, exports had decreased by 2.3% (-EUR 673.8 million). Finally, Belgian exports to the Netherlands were up by 0.8% (+EUR 197.9 million) in value to EUR 23.6 billion after the first six months of 2019.
Belgium's top 15 suppliers
The Netherlands are still Belgium’s number one supplier. Imports from this country increased by 0.1% (+EUR 37.5 million) in value and amounted to roughly EUR 33.3 billion after the first six months of 2019. Germany remained in second place with imports amounting to EUR 25.4 billion, which is a decrease of 0.9% (-EUR 223.8 million) when compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, France held on to third place with EUR 19.0 billion (+6.6% or +EUR 1,169.3 million).