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10/07/2018 - Brussels exports of services continue to grow

In the context of the National Accounts Institute (NAI), the statistical authorities of the three Belgian Regions and the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) published the regional breakdown of the Belgian imports and exports of goods and services for the 2006-2015 period.

In the context of the National Accounts Institute (NAI), the statistical authorities of the three Belgian Regions and the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) published the regional breakdown of the Belgian imports and exports of goods and services for the 2006-2015 period.

This latest publication completes the report "Regional breakdown of the Belgian imports and exports of goods and services, 1995-2013", which was published in July 2016. The updated version of the report now includes the years 2014 and 2015 and the revised 2013 statistics.

From 2013 to 2014, foreign exports from the Brussels Region saw a slight increase (+ 1.4 %), rising from 47 to 47.7 billion euro. The following year however, exports decreased by - 3.5 %. The specificity of the Brussels exports lies in their composition. 56 % of Brussels exports are made up of services, while the export of services in the Flemish Region only accounts for 25 % and in the Walloon Region for 33 % (for the year 2015). And the export of services continues to grow: + 9.4 % in 2014 and + 4 % in 2015.

The Brussels Region is importing fewer goods and services: - 0.7 % in 2014 and - 8.4 % in 2015, down to 57.1 billion euro. Services account for 38 % of the imports into the Brussels Region, which is more or less on a par with Wallonia (40 %), but well above the figure for Flanders (25 %). During 2014, imports of services into the Brussels-Capital Region increased significantly (+ 10.8 %) before dropping again in 2015 (- 4.3 %).

For a comprehensive analysis of these imports and exports, click "Répartition régionale des importations et exportations belges de biens et services, 2006-2015".