Belgium - Real Imports of Goods and Services

Belgium: Real Imports of Goods and Services

Mnemonic IM$.IBEL
Unit Mil. Ch. 2015 EUR, CDASA
Adjustments Calendar Adjusted and Seasonally Adjusted
Quarterly 3.14 %
Data 2021 Q2 92,507
2021 Q1 89,694

Series Information

Source National Bank of Belgium - Belgostat (BNB)
Release Gross domestic product
Frequency Quarterly
Start Date 3/31/1995
End Date 6/30/2021

Belgium: Trade

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Balance of Goods Sep 2021 1,398 3,145 Mil. EUR, NSA Monthly
Exports of Goods Sep 2021 39,801 36,444 Mil. EUR, NSA Monthly
Imports of Goods Sep 2021 38,402 33,298 Mil. EUR, NSA Monthly
Current Account Balance Jun 2021 1,683 396 Mil. EUR, NSA Monthly
Exports of Goods and Services 2021 Q2 102,915 97,025 Mil. EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Imports of Goods and Services 2021 Q2 101,889 95,631 Mil. EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Net Exports 2021 Q2 1,026 1,395 Mil. EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Real Exports of Goods and Services 2021 Q2 93,677 91,257 Mil. Ch. 2015 EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Real Imports of Goods and Services 2021 Q2 92,507 89,694 Mil. Ch. 2015 EUR, CDASA Quarterly

Release Information

Quarterly economic accounts form an integral part of the system of national accounts. The quarterly economic accounts constitute a coherent set of transactions, accounts and balancing items, defined in both the non-financial and financial domains, recorded on a quarterly basis.

  • Framework: ESA 2010
  • Activity classification: NACEBEL 2008, the localization of NACE Rev. 2
  • Measurements:
    • Millions of euros at current prices (Mil. EUR)
    • At chained year-2015 prices (Mil. Ch. 2015 EUR)
    • Deflators, chained volume indexes relative to 2015 (Ch. Vol. Index 2015=100)
  • Adjustments:
    • Calendar day adjusted and seasonally adjusted (CDASA)
    • Not seasonally adjusted (NSA)
  • Native frequency: Quarterly
  • Start date: Uniformly 1995Q1

There are three ways, usually called approaches, of calculating GDP:

  • Output approach
  • Expenditure approach
  • Income approach.

Each approach is based on a different view of the economic system using and measuring different aggregates. Together they give a summary of the logical relationships within the system of national accounts, and they should all give the same result for GDP if each item is estimated correctly.

The output approach is based on the calculation of output and intermediate consumption of the various industries of the economy. Gross value added of an industry is defined as the difference between output (basic prices) and intermediate consumption (basic prices).

Gross value added (basic prices) = Output (basic prices) - Intermediate consumption

GDP at market prices is then calculated as the sum of gross value added (basic prices) of all industries/branches plus taxes on products less subsidies on products.

Gross value added (market prices) = Gross value added (basic prices) + Taxes on products - Subsidies on products

The expenditure approach is based on estimates of the components of final demand:

GDP = Final consumption expenditure (by households, non-profit institutions serving households -NPISHs- and the government, in purchasers. prices) + Final consumption expenditure by the government + Gross fixed capital formation (purchasers. prices) + Changes in inventories (purchasers. prices) + Exports (f.o.b.) - Imports (c.i.f.)

The income approach calculates GDP from separate estimates of the components of the value added of industries, branches or sectors:

GDP = Compensation of employees + Gross operating surplus/mixed income + Taxes on production and imports - Subsidies.

Until 2019, Statistics Belgium annually re-referenced its chained year series. The base year is the 2 year's prior (t-2) and can be found in the Mnemonic description. 

Starting 2019, it planned to re-reference every five years (2015, 2020, ...), to synchronize with Eurostat.