Modest trade surplus
External economy
muh, External trade in goods, import, export, balance of trade (export minus import), mainland exports, imports excluding ships and oil platforms, trade ( between countries, continents and trade regions), international product groups (for example hs, sitc and bec), product groups (for example food, crude oil and metals)External trade , External economy

External trade in goodsSeptember 2016, preliminary figures



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Modest trade surplus

The trade surplus came to just NOK 3.2 billion in September. Exports of goods totalled NOK 57.5 billion, while imports amounted to NOK 54.3 billion. The low trade surplus in September was caused by large ship imports together with modest exports of natural gas.

External trade in goods1
NOK MillionChange in per centNOK Million - so far this yearChange in per cent - so far this year
September 2016August 2016 - September 2016September 2015 - September 2016September 2016September 2015 - September 2016
1The figures are marked with the symbol *. This is Statistics Norways standard symbol for indicating preliminary figures.
2Due to the data collection method, the preliminary monthly figures published for ships and oil platforms are often incomplete. In retrospect, therefore, the trade in these goods could in some cases lead to major corrections in the figures. Please see tables 1-3 for the impact these figures have on the external trade.
Exports57 481-2.6-15.9533 069-15.1
Crude oil14 913-8.31.3127 282-16.9
Natural gas7 393-27.8-58.3108 214-33.5
Natural gas condensates309115.224.92 894-29.6
Ships and oil platforms2119-84.93 866.74 541-39.6
Mainland exports34 74610.1-2.4290 138-3.4
Fish8 51823.831.563 19126.7
Imports54 2793.91.6449 230-1.7
Ships and oil platforms23 028128.5729.611 379-54.3
The trade balance3 201-52.6-78.583 839-51.0
The mainland trade balance-16 50514.85.4-147 712-12.2

In September, the trade surplus was a whole 78.5 per cent less than in the same month in 2015. Imports of goods increased by 1.6 per cent, while exports of goods dropped 15.9 per cent compared to the corresponding month last year. Mainland exports also declined in the same period, down 2.4 per cent to NOK 34.7 billion. The high import value in September 2016 relates to imports of ships with a total value of NOK 3.0 billion. The import value of ships is commonly subjected to monthly fluctuations.

Maintenance reduced exports of natural gas

The value of exported natural gas ended at NOK 7.4 billion – a drop of 58.3 per cent from September last year. The low export volume of natural gas was mainly related to scheduled maintenance and contributed to the decline in value. Only 5.7 billion standard cubic metres of natural gas in a gaseous state were exported in September this year, a decline of 34.0 per cent.

The export value of crude oil amounted to NOK 14.9 billion in September, up NOK 186 million from the corresponding month last year. The increase was the result of a volume rise of 7.0 per cent compared to the corresponding month of 2015 - 40.3 million barrels of crude oil were exported. The average price per barrel of crude oil was NOK 370, about NOK 21 less per barrel than 12 months ago.

Other significant twelve-month changes

• In September, the export value of salmon reached NOK 5.8 billion, up 37.3 per cent, mainly related to higher prices.

• Metal exports ended at NOK 4.7 billion in September – a decrease of NOK 350 million.

• Exports of machinery for special industries and other industrial machinery came to NOK 2.7 billion, a drop of NOK 1.1 billion.

• Imports for special industries and other industrial machinery also went down by 6.4 per cent, totalling NOK 4.6 billion.

• In September, the import value of passenger cars amounted to a record high NOK 4.1 billion.