Belgium - Current Account Balance





Belgium: Current Account Balance

Mnemonic TAB.IBEL
Unit Mil. EUR, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Monthly 67.86 %
Data Dec 2019 -503
Nov 2019 -1,565

Series Information

Source National Bank of Belgium - Belgostat (BNB)
Release Balance of Payments
Frequency Quarterly (October)
Start Date 1/31/1995
End Date 12/31/2019

Belgium: Trade

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Balance of Goods Mar 2020 1,738 2,622 Mil. EUR, NSA Monthly
Exports of Goods Mar 2020 31,369 32,892 Mil. EUR, NSA Monthly
Exports of Goods and Services 2020 Q1 93,197 97,450 Mil. EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Imports of Goods Mar 2020 29,630 30,269 Mil. EUR, NSA Monthly
Imports of Goods and Services 2020 Q1 90,939 96,531 Mil. EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Net Exports 2020 Q1 2,258 919 Mil. EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Real Exports of Goods and Services 2020 Q1 90,028 93,567 Mil. Ch. 2015 EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Real Imports of Goods and Services 2020 Q1 88,347 92,735 Mil. Ch. 2015 EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Current Account Balance Dec 2019 -503 -1,565 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.