Belgium is a highly developed and densely populated country centrally located at the “heart” of Europe. It is one of the founding members of the European Union, and Brussels, its capital, is also the capital of Europe. The standard of living in Belgium is among the highest in the world, as it boasts excellent food, housing, health-care, education and infrastructure, as well as high productivity and low poverty.
In 2018, Belgium’s agricultural imports were valued at 44.6 billion USD. The main import markets are the Netherlands, France and Germany. Imports from the United States are 0.8 billion USD and the main import products are wood pellets, pistachios and animal feed preparations. Belgium is the sixth largest EU importer of U.S. agriculture and related products. When it comes to imports of consumer-oriented products, the U.S. products are pistachios, almonds, food preparations, dog and cat food, and beef. The majority of imported seafood products from the United States into Belgium are lobster and salmon.