The bilateral trade and investment relationship between Belgium and the United States is significant for both partners. In 2018, US companies started 51 of the 278 new foreign investment projects in Belgium, making the US the largest source of foreign direct investment in Belgium. This investment translates into jobs in the local economy. With more than 127,000 employees, American companies account for 4.5% of private sector employment in Belgium.
The relationship is reciprocal. The US is Belgium’s 5th largest trading partner overall and its most important trading partner outside of the EU. Foreign direct investment of Belgium in the US reached $80 billion in 2017.
Map (Right): Relative concentration of US companies in Belgium by province
Total Belgian investment stock in the US (2017)
Employees of Belgian companies in the US
500 Belgian companies directly employ more than 145,000 people in the United States.
Belgian exports to the US (2017)
The United States is Belgium's 6th largest export market - and the most important outside of the EU.
Total US investment stock in Belgium (2017)
The US is the largest source of foreign direct investment in Belgium. In 2018, 51 of 278 (18.3%) new FDI projects in Belgium came from the US.
Employees of US companies in Belgium
900 US companies directly employ more than 127,000 people in Belgium.
US exports to Belgium (2017)
The United States is Belgium's 4th largest source of imports - and the most important outside of the EU.