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The 2011 Import and Export Market for Children's Toys and Indoor Games in Belgium
ICON Group International, June 2010, Pages: 98
On the demand side, exporters and strategic planners focusing on children’s toys and indoor games in Belgium face a number of questions. Which countries are supplying children’s toys and indoor games to Belgium? How important is Belgium compared to others in terms of the entire global and regional market? How much do the imports of children’s toys and indoor games vary from one country of origin to another in Belgium? On the supply side, Belgium also exports children’s toys and indoor games. Which countries receive the most exports from Belgium? How are these exports concentrated across buyers? What is the value of these exports and which countries are the largest buyers?
This report was created for strategic planners, international marketing executives and import/export managers who are concerned with the market for children’s toys and indoor games in Belgium. With the globalization of this market, managers can no longer be contented with a local view. Nor can managers be contented with out-of-date statistics which appear several years after the fact. I have developed a methodology, based on macroeconomic and trade models, to estimate the market for children’s toys and indoor games for those countries serving Belgium via exports, or supplying from Belgium via imports. It does so for the current year based on a variety of key historical indicators and econometric models.
In what follows, Chapter 2 begins by summarizing where Belgium fits into the world market for imported and exported children’s toys and indoor games. The total level of imports and exports on a worldwide basis, and those for Belgium in particular, is estimated using a model which aggregates across over 150 key country markets and projects these to the current year. From there, each country represents a percent of the world market. This market is served from a number of competitive countries of origin. Based on both demand- and supply-side dynamics, market shares by country of origin are then calculated across each country market destination. These shares lead to a volume of import and export values for each country and are aggregated to regional and world totals. In doing so, we are able to obtain maximum likelihood estimates of both the value of each market and the share that Belgium is likely to receive this year. From these figures, rankings are calculated to allow managers to prioritize Belgium compared to other major country markets. In this way, all the figures provided in this report are forecasts that can be combined with internal information sources for strategic planning purposes.
After the worldwide summary in Chapter 2 of both imports and exports of children’s toys and indoor games, Chapter 3 goes into detail on imports, but for each major country of origin serving Belgium. A “major” market is defined as a country where Belgium represents a substantially large share of either imports or exports. For each major country exporting to Belgium, one can thus observe how important Belgium is to that exporting country compared to other countries of the world. Chapter 4 does the same, but for exports of children’s toys and indoor games originating from Belgium, for each major country of destination. In doing so, one can discover the share that Belgium has in each major market; this share value is often used as a measure of competitiveness for Belgium. In all cases, the total dollar volume and percentage share values by major trading partner are provided. Combined, Chapters 3 and 4 present a the total picture for imports and exports of children’s toys and indoor games to and from Belgium to and from all other major countries in the world. "Children’s Toys and Indoor Games" as a category is defined in this report following the definition given by the United Nations Statistics Division Classification Registry using the Standard International Trade Classification, Revision 3 (SITC, Rev. 3). The SITC code that defined "children’s toys and indoor games" is 8942 .
1 INTRODUCTION AND METHODOLOGY
2 BELGIUM AND THE WORLD MARKET
2.1 Imports in Belgium in 2011
2.2 Exports from Belgium in 2011
3 IMPORTS IN BELGIUM
3.2.2 Hong Kong
3.2.9 South Korea
3.2.10 Sri Lanka
3.3.4 Czech Republic
3.3.22 the Netherlands
3.3.23 the United Kingdom
3.4 Latin America
3.5 North America & the Caribbean
3.5.2 the United States
3.6.2 New Zealand
3.7 the Middle East
4 EXPORTS FROM BELGIUM
4.1.3 South Africa
4.2.1 Hong Kong
4.3.25 the Netherlands
4.3.26 the United Kingdom
4.4 Latin America
4.5 the Middle East
5 DISCLAIMERS, WARRANTEES, AND USER AGREEMENT PROVISIONS
5.1 Disclaimers & Safe Harbor
5.2 ICON Group Ltd. User Agreement Provisions
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