US-Belgium bilateral trade and investment relationship

The bilateral trade and investment relationship between Belgium and the United States is significant for both partners. The US is the largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Belgium. According to EY's Belgian Attractiveness Survey, US companies started 45 of the 267 new foreign investment projects in Belgium in 2019 or 16.8% of the total. This investment translates into jobs in the local economy - the 45 new projects last year resulted in the creation of 965 new jobs.

New FDI projects in Belgium
  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
United States sourced 39 31 40 51 45
Total 211 200 215 278 267

Source: EY

 

Direct investment positions

The total US investment stock in Belgium reached $63 billion in 2019. US investment in Belgium is heavily concentrated in the manufacturing sector, which makes up 57% of the investment stock. The Belgian investment stock in the US is more than $65 billion, with a similar predominance of the manufacturing sector.

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A good resource for potential investors is the business.belgium.be portal maintained by the Belgian Federal Government, which provides useful information about doing business and investing in Belgium.

The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency (ABH-ACE) compiles trade-related statistics and helps Belgian companies identify opportunities abroad. The ABH-ACE also plays an important role in coordinating between the federal level, which is responsible for international relations, and the regions, which are responsible for foreign trade.

Belgium is a federal state divided into three regions – Brussels-Capital, Flanders and Wallonia. Each region has an agency responsible for trade and investment promotion.

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