Belgium - Current Account Balance

Belgium: Current Account Balance

Mnemonic TAB.IBEL
Unit Mil. EUR, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Monthly 4.75 %
Data Dec 2018 -2,187
Nov 2018 -2,296

Series Information

Source National Bank of Belgium - Belgostat (BNB)
Release Balance of Payments
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 1/31/1995
End Date 12/31/2018

Belgium: Trade

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Balance of Goods Apr 2019 -506.3 697.6 Mil. EUR, NSA Monthly
Exports of Goods Apr 2019 32,045 34,109 Mil. EUR, NSA Monthly
Imports of Goods Apr 2019 32,551 33,411 Mil. EUR, NSA Monthly
Exports of Goods and Services 2019 Q1 101,535 101,396 Mil. EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Imports of Goods and Services 2019 Q1 101,138 101,778 Mil. EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Net Exports 2019 Q1 397 -382 Mil. EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Real Exports of Goods and Services 2019 Q1 97,344 97,052 Mil. Ch. 2016 EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Real Imports of Goods and Services 2019 Q1 94,736 94,848 Mil. Ch. 2016 EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Current Account Balance Dec 2018 -2,187 -2,296 Mil. EUR, NSA Monthly

Release Information

For Belgium, detailed balance of payments per IMF BPM5 and bPM6. Quarterly under BPM6 from 2008, under BPM5 from 1995 to 2014.

Sources used for this release include NBB who had responsibility for publishing balance of payments (BOP) data for Belgium since 2002.

The major source for compiling balance of payments is the international transactions reporting system (ITRS). The responsibility for reporting rests with residents and applies to payments made within and outside the domestic banking system.

In addition to the above procedures, some major enterprises report all their transactions directly to NBB.

Foreign trade statistics are used for compiling transactions in goods since September 2001.

An annual survey of foreign direct investment, since 1996, is used to improve the corresponding items in the BOP.

The main balance of payments items:

  1. Current account
    • Trade in Services
    • Current transfers
  2. Capital accounts
  3. Financial accounts
    • Portfolio investments
    • Direct investments
    • Other investments and derivatives
  4. Reserves

Data prior to entry into EMU (prior to 1999) have been converted from the former national currency using the appropriate irrevocable conversion rate. The presentation facilitates comparisons within a country over time and ensures the historical evolution (i.e. growth rates) is preserved. However, pre-EMU euro are a notional unit and are not normally suitable to form area aggregates or to carry out cross-country comparisons.

In January 2006, the Bank switched to a new system of collecting data needed to create the balance of payments.  This totally changed the reporting of the balance of payment data.  The series have been running in parallel to one another to avoid disruptions.