Belgium - Current Account Balance





Belgium: Current Account Balance

Mnemonic TAB.IBEL
Unit Mil. EUR, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Monthly 197.76 %
Data Sep 2021 1,596
Aug 2021 536

Series Information

Source National Bank of Belgium - Belgostat (BNB)
Release Balance of Payments
Frequency Quarterly
Start Date 1/31/1995
End Date 9/30/2021

Belgium: Trade

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Balance of Goods Nov 2021 1,197 3,790 Mil. EUR, NSA Monthly
Exports of Goods Nov 2021 41,698 43,460 Mil. EUR, NSA Monthly
Imports of Goods Nov 2021 40,501 39,670 Mil. EUR, NSA Monthly
Current Account Balance Sep 2021 1,596 536 Mil. EUR, NSA Monthly
Exports of Goods and Services 2021 Q3 109,138 107,146 Mil. EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Imports of Goods and Services 2021 Q3 108,497 104,764 Mil. EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Net Exports 2021 Q3 641 2,382 Mil. EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Real Exports of Goods and Services 2021 Q3 96,454 97,571 Mil. Ch. 2015 EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Real Imports of Goods and Services 2021 Q3 95,700 95,873 Mil. Ch. 2015 EUR, CDASA Quarterly

Release Information

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

Active:

  • Framework: IMF BPM6
  • Measurement: Millions of euros (Mil. EUR)
  • Adjustment: Not seasonally adjusted (NSA)
  • Native frequency: Monthly
  • Start dates:
    • 1995m1 for current account balance
    • 2008m1 for all other series

Predecessors:

  • Prior treatment of trade credit - 2008 to 2020
  • BPM5 - 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. 

Further reading

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At IMF (SDDS):