Balance of trade
In the first four months of 2017, the value of exported goods from Iceland amounted to ISK 149,800 million fob and the value of imported goods amounted to ISK 197,800 million fob (ISK 211,200 million cif). Thus there was a trade deficit, calculated on fob value, of ISK 48,000 million as compared with a trade deficit of ISK 32,200 million in the first four months of 2016, at current rates of exchange.¹

The total value of exports of goods the first four months of 2017 was ISK 30,000 million lower, or 16.7%, than in the same period the year before at current rates of exchange. Exported manufacturing products contributed 57.5% of total exported goods and their value was 5.8% lower than in the same period the year before. Marine products contributed 36.2% of the total exports and their value was 29.9% lower than in the same period the year before.

The total value of imports of goods in the first four months of 2017 was ISK 14.200 million lower, or 6.7%, than in the same period the year before, at current rates of exchange, mainly because of airplanes and consumer goods. However, the imports of industrial supplies and fuels increased.

The value of exports and imports January–April 2016 and 2017
  Million ISK at current exchange rate Change on prev.
  January– January– year at current
  April April exch. rates, %
  2016 2017 Jan.–April
Exports fob, total 179,795.5 149,815.5 -16.7
Marine products 77,425.0 54,271.0 -29.9
Agricultural products 5,800.8 6,079.7 4.8
Manufacturing products 91,478.9 86,188.4 -5.8
Other products 5,090.8 3,276.4 -35.6
Imports fob, total 212,029.2 197,819.0 -6.7
Food and beverages 17,844.9 16,447.6 -7.8
Industrial supplies n.e.s. 55,049.8 57,553.4 4.5
Fuels and lubricants 16,403.5 17,408.1 6.1
Capital goods (except for transport) 48,286.4 46,691.5 -3.3
Transport equipment 45,217.5 33,395.6 -26.1
Consumer goods n.e.s. 29,016.6 26,218.6 -9.6
Goods n.e.s. 210.6 104.2 -50.5
Balance of trade -32,233.7 -48,003.5 ·

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.