Export figures have in fact returned to positive territory this month for the first time since the start of the health crisis, with growth of 2.5%. Imports continued to decline in December, but very slightly (-0.1%) and this is a positive development compared to the previous months of 2020.
Belgium’s foreign trade did not contract everywhere in 2020. Growth in trade with China remained robust.
In addition, trade with the United Kingdom has also increased strongly recently, but this is due to transactions carried out for Brexit. It is likely that the early 2021 figures for foreign trade with our British neighbours will be less good.