Please note that this press release has been republished.

Balance of trade
In the first half of 2017, the value of exported goods from Iceland amounted to ISK 244,400 million fob and the value of imported goods amounted to ISK 325,500 million fob (ISK 347,200 million cif). Thus there was a trade deficit, calculated on fob value, of ISK 81,100 million as compared with a trade deficit of ISK 64,200 million in the first half of 2016, at current rates of exchange.¹

The total value of exports of goods the first half of 2017 was ISK 30,500 million lower, or 11.1%, than in the same period the year before at current rates of exchange. Exported manufacturing products contributed 55.2% of total exported goods and their value was 3.1% lower than in the same period the year before, mainly because of medicine and medical products. However the exports of aluminium increased. Marine products contributed 38.0% of the total exports and their value was 21.9% lower than in the same period the year before, mainly because of fresh fish and frozen fish fillets.

The total value of imports of goods in the first half of 2017 was ISK 13.600 million lower, or 4.0%, than in the same period the year before, at current rates of exchange, mainly because of airplanes and consumer goods. However, the imports of ships, fuels, passenger cars and industrial supplies increased.

The value of exports and imports January–June 2016 and 2017
  Million ISK at current exchange rate Change on prev.
  January– January– year at current
  June June exch. rates, %
  2016 2017 Jan.–June
Exports fob, total 274,932.9 244,417.6 -11.1
Marine products 118,862.2 92,885.8 -21.9
Agricultural products 8,173.2 10,200.0 24.8
Manufacturing products 139,169.4 134,828.8 -3.1
Other products 8,728.0 6,503.1 -25.5
Imports fob, total 339,099.7 325,516.8 -4.0
Food and beverages 28,713.2 26,852.8 -6.5
Industrial supplies n.e.s. 85,661.4 90,128.7 5.2
Fuels and lubricants 30,485.2 32,644.7 7.1
Capital goods (except for transport) 73,607.3 72,357.4 -1.7
Transport equipment 75,640.7 62,900.5 -16.8
Consumer goods n.e.s. 44,680.5 40,481.0 -9.4
Goods n.e.s. 311.3 151.6 -51.3
Balance of trade -64,166.9 -81,099.1 ·

[1] Statistics Iceland does no longer publish trade in goods at constant exchange rates. The breakdown of trade in goods by currencies is available on Statistics Iceland’s website.

Monthly figures of external trade for current year are revised together with the release of figures for new months. Annual figures are published in the first half of the year after the end of the reference year. The figures are considered as final at that point of time.