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Belgium:

 
     
     
 

Overview:                                                                                                       

 
     
 

a.    Area: 30,528 sq km

b.    Total Population: 10,438,353 (July 2012 est.)

                                    i.    Agricultural Population – 2%

                                         ii.    Total labour force – 5.071 million (2011 est.)

c.    GDP: $412 billion (2011 est.)

d.    GDP - real growth rate: 2% (2011 est.)

e.    GDP – per capita: $37,600 (2011 est.)

f.     GDP - composition by sector:

                                    i.    agriculture: 0.7%

                                   ii.    industry: 21.6%

                                  iii.    Services: 77.7% (2011 est.)

g.    Investment (gross fixed): 19.8% of GDP (2011 est.)

h.    Unemployment rate: 7.7% (2011 est.)

i.     Industries: engineering and metal products, motor vehicle assembly, transportation equipment, scientific instruments, processed food and beverages, chemicals, basic metals, textiles, glass, petroleum

j.     Industrial production growth rate: 6.1% (2011 est.)

 
     
     
 

Trade:

 
     
 

a.    Total Exports: $332 billion (2011 est.)

b.    Exports commodities: machinery and equipment, chemicals, finished diamonds, metals and metal products, foodstuffs

c.    Total Import: $332.4 billion (2011 est.)

d.    Imports commodities: raw materials, machinery and equipment, chemicals, raw diamonds, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, transportation equipment, oil products

 
     
     
 

Climate, Land & Agriculture:

 
     
 

a.    Climate: temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid, cloudy

b.    Total Agricultural Land Area: 13640.00 (sq. km) W. B. 2010

c.    Land Use:

                                    i.    Arable land: 27.42%

                                   ii.    Permanent crops: 0.69%

                                  iii.    Irrigated land: 230 sq km (2008)

                                 iv.    Other: 71.89%

Major Agricultural commodities: sugar beets, fresh vegetables, fruits, grain, tobacco; beef, cocoa, coffee, and rubber, veal, pork, milk

 
     
     
 

Major Industrial Activities:

 
     
 

motor vehicle assembly, textiles

 
     
     
 

Environmental information & data:

 
     
 

Environment - current issues:

 

the environment is exposed to intense pressures from human activities: urbanization, dense transportation network, industry, extensive animal breeding and crop cultivation; air and water pollution also have repercussions for neighboring countries; uncertainties regarding federal and regional responsibilities (now resolved) had slowed progress in tackling environmental challenges

 

         In June 2007, the Belgium government began phasing in a tax on single- use plastic bags to change retailers’ habits.

         Plastic bag ban : effective July 1, 2007

         CO2 emissions (kt): 9.97

         Air pollution reaches dangerous levels due to high concentrations of lead and hydrocarbons.

         Among the 50 nations Belgium emit the highest levels of carbon dioxide from industrial sources

 
     
     
 

Jute Statistics:

 
     
 

Export of jute from Belgium: world ranking

Year

World Ranking

2009

7

2008

6

2007

4

          Belgium: Jute and other allied fibre products imported from 2008-2010

a.    Jute, other bast fibre, raw retted or processed, not spun

b.    Woven fabric of jute,Yarn of jute, bast fibre except flax, true hemp, rami

c.    Sacks & bags, packing, of jute or other bast fibres

d.    Woven fabric of jute/bast fibre, not unbleach/bleache

e.    Yarn of jute, textile bast fibre nes, multiple, cable

f.     Woven fabric >85% acrylic staple fibres, unbl/bleache

g.    Paper, sack Kraft, creped or crinkled,

h.    Rice, semi-milled or wholly milled (packing)

i.      Articles of yarn, strip or the like of heading 54.04 or 54.05, twine, cordage, rope or cables, not elsewhere specified or included

j.     Men's or boys' shirts, knitted or crocheted

k.    Bobbins, spools, cops and similar supports of paper pulp, paper or paperboard

l.      Cigarette paper, whether or not cut to size or in the form of booklets or tubes

m.  Sacks & bags, of a kind used for the packing of goods, of jute/of other textile bast fibres

IMPORTS: Flax fibre & tow by Belgium

 

Year

Quantity(tones)

Value (1000 $)

World Ranking

2009

24125

37376

2

2008

13933

34295

2

2007

26510

58465

2

         

                       

 

            EXPORTS: Flax fibre & tow by Belgium

 

Year

Quantity(tones)

Value (1000 $)

World Ranking

2009

48224

71640

3

2008

32625

73970

3

2007

54144

119131

3

 Source: http://faostat.fao.org/site/666/default.aspx

      http://data.mongabay.com/commodities/

     http://comtrade.un.org/db/ce/ceSearch.aspx?    it=Jute+or+Kenaf&rg=1&r=56&p=0&y=recent&px=HS

 

 
     
     
 

Other Information:

 
     
 

Export of Coffee Green from Belgium

Year

Quantity(tones)

Value (1000 $)

World Ranking

2009

222608

586419

6

2008

265337

769420

6

2007

96639

239186

14

2006

83315

179761

17

 

Export of Cocoa beans from Belgium

Year

Quantity(tones)

Value (1000 $)

World Ranking

2009

97578

296651

8

2008

117763

314853

7

2007

142040

297431

5

2006

137896

241313

5

 

Export of Wine from Belgium

Year

Quantity(tones)

Value (1000 $)

World Ranking

2009

25749

181501

15

2008

41613

401955

14

2007

33952

302070

14

 

Important:

Belgium is well known for two famous industries:

         It's the world centre of the highest standard quality flax fibres for more than 3.000 years.

         Belgium is the second biggest carpet producer in the world.

         France and Belgium export about 80 % of the long flax fiber to China.

         14,630 ha land is used in Belgium for flax production

         Belgium produces 15% of world flax

         NF is used in Belgium in the Automobile industries

 

          Flax facts

  a local resource, 85% produced in Europe

  A renewable resource

  No irrigation - little fertilizer

  Production using little energy

  Reduction of green house effect gases

  zero waste, all plant by-products are used

  100% recyclabe and compostable

  positive impact to the agricultural eco-system

less skin irritation for workers

 
     
     
 

Jute Industries and Traders:

 
     
 

            Louis Blockx N.V.
          Industriezone Brug 5
          Pleintje 35, B-2370 ARENDONK
          Tel. (32) 14 67 70 35
          Fax (32) 14 67 77 10
          E-mail: lou@louisblockxnv.be

 

          Re-bag Belgium
          Kleinewinkellaan 42
          BE-1853 Strombeek-Bever
          tel: +32 (0)2 262 35 37
          email: info@re-bag.be, Web: http://www.re-bag.be/

 

          PROCOTEX Corp.

          SA - Rue 8 Thodor Klber - B-7711 Dottignies

          Belgium

          Tel +32 (0)56 48 38 88 - Fax +32 (0)56 48 38 89

          E-mail info@procotex.com, Web: http://www.procotex.com

          Contact Person

         

         

          Matthias Hoornaert

          E-mail: m.hoornaert@procotext.com

          Source: http://www.bio-based.eu/iBIB/pdf/56.pdf

 

          Callin N.V.
          Rue de la Royenne 88
          7700 MOUSCRON
          Belgium
          Tel.: 0032 (0)56 349805 - Fax: 0032 (0)56349740

          URL: http://www.callin.be/

           

JOS Vanneste S.A.

          Kortrijksesteenweg 283
          Harelbeke - 8530
          Belgium

          Phone: + (32)-(56)-712413

          Fax: + (32)-(56)-711285

 
     
     
 

Govt. Department/Ministry dealing with jute:  

 
     
 

         Kingdom of Belgium Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Corporation

         Ministry for Economic Affairs: http://mineco.fgov.be

 
     
     
     

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