Overview of the Chemicals Industry in Belgium and how to Buy Chemicals?

Country flag of Belgium, Where Camachem Exports Chemicals for Sale

Introduction to Belgium

  • A population of 11.6 million people
  • Capital: Brussels
  • Official Languages: Dutch, German, French
  • Total Area: 30,689 km2
  • Currency: Euro

Economic Statistics of Belgium

Economic Overview

  • Belgium is located in Europe
  • Belgium is the 10th largest economy in Europe
  • Belgium is one of the lead processors of cobalt, radium, copper, zinc, and lead.
  • Belgium’s GDP is USD 596.414 billion. 
  • The largest industries: Metallurgy, Steel, Textiles, Chemicals, Glass, Paper, and Food Processing.

 Economy Breakdown of Belgium

  • Service sector: 77.2%
  • Industry: 22.1 %
  • Agriculture: 0.7%

Main Import partners

  • Germany: 19.1%
  • Netherlands: 15.5%
  • France: 14.8%
  • United Kingdom: 8.36%
  • United States: 7.69%

Main Export partners

  • Germany: 19.6%
  • France: 17.4%
  • Netherlands: 12.8%
  • United Kingdom: 9.32%
  • Italy: 5.87%

Chemical use in Belgium


Given the economic growth of Belgium, it is an attractive country for the chemical trade. Belgiums’s chemical industry is diverse and includes textiles, food processing, and metallurgy.

 Textile industry

This industry generates about USD 5 million a year and employs roughly 19,300 people. Belgium mainly focuses on producing technical and interior textiles, although they do produce clothing textiles, yarn, and textile finishing as well.

Belgium uses large amounts of industrial chemicals in the manufacturing processes, some of which are manufactured locally but most imported.

Camachem has supplied industrial chemicals to Belgium, such as Poly vinyl alcohol (PVA).

Food processing industry.

Belgium has about 8,259 companies involved in the food manufacturing industry, which also connects to other economic sectors like agriculture, retail trade, pharmaceuticals, the chemical industry, and packaging/logistics. The main subsectors are meat, dairy, chocolate, sugar, and beverages.

80% of the industry is located in Flanders.

Belgium uses industrial chemicals, some of which are manufactured locally and some of which are imported.

Camachem has supplied food processing chemicals to Belgium, such as  Citric Acid.

Metallurgy/Steel Industry.

The steel industry accounts for roughly 24% of Belgium’s GDP. Belgium exports 4/5 of its steel products and 3/4 of their crude steel products. Belgium is a lead exporter of zinc bars, rods, profiles, wire, copper alloys and dolomite which makes up 48.9% of the world’s exports.

Belgium uses special use chemicals, some of which are manufactured locally, but most of which are imported.

Camachem has supplied industrial chemicals to Belgium such as Phosphoric Acid and Epoxy Resin.

Seaports and Trading Hubs of Belgium


Belgium is accessible by both land and sea. For international trading, the main seaports are


  • Port of Antwerp
  • Port of Bruges-Zeebrugge
  • Port of Ghent
  • Port of Ostend
  • Liège Port Complex
  • Port of Brussels

[Seaports and Trading Hubs in Belgium]

  • Seaports and trading hubs in Belgium, including the largest and busiest of Antwerp.

Photo Courtesy. Port of Antwerp in Belgium

  • Port of Antwerp is the largest and busiest container port in Belgium.

 What Chemicals does Belgium Import?

According to the latest trade data, Belgium imports USD 75.8 billion in both inorganic and organic chemicals. They include chemicals such as:


What Regulations are there on Importing Chemicals to Belgium?


The following are some of the guidelines for importing chemicals to Belgium. Importers are required to have the following documents and adhere to the guidelines.


  • Prior permission for Import (PIC).
  • Summary customs declaration.
  • The import of certain dangerous chemicals are prohibited (Prohibited Chemicals List).
  • Required to have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.
  • Entry/Exit Summary Declaration.
  • Single Administrative Document (SAD).
  • Inspection Certificates.
  • Certificates of origin.
  • Import Licenses.
  • Commercial invoice.

 Why Should Belgium Import Chemicals?


  • Chemical quality: Before any customer decides on exporting chemicals, they will have to pass the quality standards, a process that most domestic manufacturers do not have to go through.
  • Long-term agreements: The benefit of long-term agreements is that they provide import discounts and consistency in the product line.
  • High Cost of Production: Imported chemicals are cheaper than locally sourced ones. Locally manufactured goods are affected by high production cost, taxation and high labor cost. 

Epoxy Resin for sale

Camachem is among the companies that have been able to export quality chemicals to Belgium at affordable prices.

Where Can I Buy Chemicals for Belgium?


Camachem has been exporting a wide range of chemicals to clients in Belgium. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatsApp us at +86-131-2037-9271 for a FREE quotation.

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