Monday - 30 June 2008
External trade January-May 2008
Balance of trade
The value of exported goods from Iceland amounted to ISK 150,800 million fob and the value of imported goods amounted to ISK 182,800 million fob (ISK 199,600 million cif) January-May 2008. Thus there was a trade deficit, calculated on fob value, of 32,000 million as compared with a trade deficit of ISK 37,300 million in January-May 2007, at fixed rates of exchange.╣
The total value of exports of goods January-May 2008 was ISK 2,200 million or 1.5% higher at constant rates of exchange than the same period the year before.
The total value of imports of goods January-March 2008 showed decrease of ISK 3,100 million fob or 1.7% lower than in the same period last year, at fixed rates of exchange.
|Balance of trade in May 2008|
|Change on previous year at constant exchange rates, % January-May|
|Million ISK at fixed exchange rate|
|Exports fob, total||32,116||39,34||148,578||150,788||1.5|
|Imports fob, total||44,689||39,851||185,878||182,792||-1.7|
|Balance of trade||-12,573||-510||-37,300||-32,005||.|
|The value of exports and imports May 2007 and 2008|
|Change on previous year at constant exchange rates 1) % January-May|
|Million ISK at current exchange rate|
|Exports fob, total||126,417.4||150,788.0||1.5|
|Imports fob, total||158,153.5||182,792.5||-1.7|
|Food and beverages||9,865.3||14,082.6||21.5|
|Industrial supplies n.e.s.||42,728.7||53,564.7||6.7|
|Fuels and lubricants||12,749.4||18,309.6||22.2|
|Capital goods (except for transport)||37,664.3||41,426.4||-6.4|
|Consumer goods n.e.s.||24,303.5||28,948.9||1.4|
|Balance of trade||-31,736.1||-32,004.5||Ě|
╣ Based on trade-weighted index of average foreign currency prices in terms of ISK, change on previous year 17,5%. In May 2008, foreign currency prices were 32,5% higher than in May 2007.
Monthly figures of external trade for current year are revised together with the release of figures for new months. Annual figures are published approximately 7 weeks after the end of the reference year, in February each year. The figures are considered as final at that point of time.
From 1 February 2008 and onwards, midrate is used to convert the foreign currency value of the commodity to Icelandic krˇnur (ISK). Before that date, selling rates were used for the conversion of import figures and buying rates for the conversion of export figures. Also from 1 February and onwards, the official exchange rate is used that is registered by the Central Bank of Iceland the day before the customs clearance instead of previous procedure of using the official exchange rate that is registered by the Central Bank on the 28th of each month. Due to that the figures of the trade balance in February and onwards are not completely comparable to the trade balance figures in January and last year figures.