International Trade Statistics Yearbook 2013, Volume I

Trade by Country

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The 2013 International Trade Statistics Yearbook, Volume I provides an overview of the international trade merchandise trade in 2013 and detailed information on the trade performance for numerous countries up to 2013. Overall, data for a total of 175 countries (or areas) are shown with the 2013 data on imports and exports by commodity and trading partner provided for approximately 90 countries (or areas), representing more than 70% of world trade of 2013. The goal is to provide a more analytical and condensed view of trade by using graphs, overview tables and descriptive text.




In 2013, the value of merchandise exports of Belgium increased substantially by 14.5 percent to reach 511.5 bln US$, while its merchandise imports increased substantially by 11.5 percent to reach 488.4 bln US$ (see graph 1, table 2 and table 3). The merchandise trade balance recorded a surplus of 23.1 bln US$, which is the largest surplus in the last decade (see graph 1). The largest merchandise trade balance was with MDG Developed Europe at 31.7 bln US$ (see graph 4). EU remains by far the largest trading partner, but the share of trade with EU dropped from 73.4% in 2008 to 68.3% in 2013. Merchandise exports in Belgium were diversified amongst partners; imports were also diversified. The top 18 partners accounted for 80 percent or more of exports and 15 partners accounted for 80 percent or more of imports (see graph 5). In 2012, the value of exports of services of Belgium increased slightly by 3.4 percent, reaching 101.6 bln US$, while its imports of services increased slightly by 3.0 percent and reached 91.6 bln US$ (see graph 2). There was a relatively small trade in services surplus of 10.0 bln US$, up slightly from 9.3 bln US$ in 2011.


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