Belgium - At a Glance

Basic Information
Source: *Euromonitor
Land area: 30,300 km²*
Population: 11.2 million (2014)*
Total GDP: US$ 533.4 billion (2014)*
GDP/capita: US$ 47,512 (2014)*
GDP growth rate: 1.1% (2014)*
Capital city: Brussels
Prime Minister: Charles Michel
Minister of Agriculture: Sabine Laruelle
Canadian Ambassador: Denis Robert
Canada-Belgium Agri-Food Trade** (CDN$ million)
2012 2013 2014
Source: **Statistics Canada
Domestic Agri-Food Exports: 327.395 333.520 494.260
Total Agri-Food Imports: 195.185 225.008 240.439
Agri-Food Trade Balance : 132.210 108.512 253.821
Canadian Top 5 Agri-Food Exports (CDN$ million)
2012 2013 2014
Domestic Agri-Food Exports: 327.395 333.520 494.260
Durum wheat 79.233 73.532 145.517
Flaxseed 24.369 85.023 118.783
Soybeans 125.205 78.997 110.267
Mustard Seeds 12.884 18.456 17.761
Canary seed 14.654 24.783 16.398
Canadian Top 5 Agri-Food Imports (CDN$ million)
2012 2013 2014
Total Agri-Food Imports: 195.185 225.008 240.439
Beer made from malt 57.762 64.675 72.647
Cocoa preparations 28.941 40.079 39.390
Chocolate in blocks >2 kilogram 11.696 11.706 15.509
Cookies (Sweet Biscuits) 11.024 14.088 12.281
Sugar confectionery 12.373 12.759 11.341
Canadian Top 5 Seafood Exports (CDN$ million)
2012 2013 2014
Domestic Seafood Exports: 35.083 31.771 36.417
Lobster, live 16.650 14.189 16.618
Lobster, frozen 6.180 7.649 10.114
Salmon, prepared or preserved 3.874 3.967 5.201
Lobster, not frozen 0.092 0.770 1.317
Scallops, dried 5.581 4.761 1.169
Belgium Agri-Food and Seafood Imports - 2014*** (CDN$ million)
World Canada Canada's Share
Source: ***Global Trade Atlas
Agri-Food and Seafood 47,610 491 1.0%
Bananas 1,625 0 0.0%
Canola seeds 1,454 11 0.7%
Speciality cheese 1,204 0 0.0%
Cocoa beans 961 0 0.0%
Grape wines <2 Litre 914 0 0.0%
Canada-Belgium Total Merchandise Trade*** (CDN$ million)
2012 2013 2014
Source: ****Global Trade Atlas
Total Merchandise Exports: 2,310.077 2,492.337 2,525.177
Total Merchandise Imports: 1,721.783 1,819.477 2,067.449
Trade Balance: 588.294 672.860 457.728
Canadian Top 10 Total Merchandise Exports (CDN$ million)
2012 2013 2014
Total Merchandise Exports: 2,310.077 2,492.337 2,525.177
Precious metals, stones and pearls 850.031 1,074.717 1,569.143
Pharmaceutical products 88.416 140.578 363.889
Oilseeds 163.102 182.998 262.599
Cereals 98.644 98.422 173.577
Ores, slag and ash 106.549 94.313 163.271
Boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances 102.898 74.539 99.496
Nickel and articles thereof 89.575 97.503 97.628
Mineral fuels and oils 64.658 61.033 87.461
Plastics 72.167 68.437 83.327
Essential Oils 38.441 42.606 57.010
Canadian Top 10 Total Merchandise Imports (CDN$ million)
2012 2013 2014
Total Merchandise Imports: 1,721.783 1,819.477 2,067.449
Pharmaceutical products 227.664 225.550 808.416
Boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances 235.199 208.347 193.471
Vehicles, other than railway 165.866 388.246 137.189
Beverages, spirits and vinegar 59.531 66.629 75.376
Electrical machinery and equipment 61.942 65.502 75.206
Mineral fuels and oils 323.164 193.397 73.794
Cocoa and cocoa preparations 55.409 66.801 73.158
Special classification provisions 65.261 68.836 73.125
Plastics 43.412 39.649 52.031
Precious metals, stones and pearls 88.954 82.189 50.710
Belgium Top 10 Total Merchandise Imports (CDN$ million)
2012 2013 2014
Total Merchandise Imports: 439,490.411 465,169.049 499,785.106
Mineral fuels and oils 76,284.171 86,133.823 82,395.941
Vehicles, other than railway 43,160.805 46,946.455 48,931.191
Pharmaceutical products 35,111.951 38,689.042 43,549.028
Organic chemicals 35,417.599 34,895.141 38,827.328
Boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances 34,527.322 35,235.072 38,786.209
Precious metals, stones and pearls 21,721.232 22,167.393 23,799.677
Plastics 18,015.921 19,562.562 21,478.452
Electrical machinery and equipment 19,056.986 18,855.190 20,484.444
Optical and medical instruments 10,990.914 12,240.196 14,530.424
Iron and steel 12,241.214 11,746.301 13,152.950

GDP at market prices
Date modified: 2015-07-13
Source: Euromonitor*, Statistics Canada**, Global Trade Atlas***

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