Balance of Payments

An annual summary of the economic and financial transactions with other countries. Only current account transactions are included.

Balance of Payments

Balance of Payments 2011-2017

This publication updates the previously published balance of payments statistics from 2011 to 2017.


Annual BOP Highlights 2017

  • Cook Islands heavy trade deficits of $155.6m were largely offset by tourist revenue of $216.2m bringing the current account to a credit balance of $95m
  • The primary income credit of $31.5m is mainly made up of investment income associated with interest earned on deposits and debt securities held overseas, fishing licenses and fees for use of airspace.
  • The capital account is essentially ODA financing infrastructure(capital) projects. The balance on current and capital account of $38m in 2017 shows the economy was a net exporter of resources.
  • The financeial account in 2017 showed a $71.9m increase in financial assets and a small increase of $1.1m in liabilities.

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Information about BOP Data is currently compiled in accordance with BPM5. Merchandise goods are measured through customs as described in the Merchandise Trade GDDS entry. Other goods included in this component are the jet fuel and the numismatic. Our jet fuel is brought into the country as import goods and re-sold to a foreign owned company (Air NZ) and this is considered as re-exports. Revenue from numismatic coins is extracted from the government accounts. The export and import of services are measured in the following components: transportation, travel, communication, insurance, financial and government services. Income and current transfers are also estimated to arrive at a current account balance. The Current Account Balance is published along with Merchandise Trade tables. The Capital or Financial Account is not published.