US companies are essential to the Belgian economy. These Facts & Figures tell the story of their contribution in terms of job creation, innovation, foreign direct investment and trade.


US companies are job creators. In 2019, the 900 majority-owned US companies directly employed almost 124,000 people in Belgium, representing 3% of the country’s total private sector employment.

R&D and innovation

US companies are innovators. They are deeply engaged in Belgium's innovation ecosystem – as measured by investment, employment and collaboration.

Trade & investment

Belgium and the US have a strong trade and investment relationship. The US is the largest source of foreign direct investment in Belgium and the country's most important trading partner outside of the EU.