Iran: Current account, percent of GDP

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 Iran

Current account balance as percent of GDP

 Latest value 3.44
 Year 2023
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1980 - 2023
 Average 1.66
 Min - Max -14.46 - 9.36
 Source International Monetary Fund (IMF)
For that indicator, we provide data for Iran from 1980 to 2023. The average value for Iran during that period was 1.66 percent with a minimum of -14.46 percent in 1992 and a maximum of 9.36 percent in 2011. The latest value from 2023 is 3.44 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2023 based on 2 countries is 1.37 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Iran - Current account, percent of GDP - recent values

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Iran - Current account, percent of GDP - historical chart - 1980-2023




The current account of Iran and other countries has three components: 1) the exports of goods and services minus the imports of goods and services; 2) the difference of incomes that countries pay to each other; and 3) the difference in transfers that countries make to each other. Current account deficits are reported with a minus sign and surpluses are reported with a plus sign.

A current account deficit means that the country needs to find financing for its imports. The foreign currencies it receives from selling products abroad are not enough to pay for the products it wants to buy from other countries. The needed amounts of foreign currencies can be obtained by, for example, borrowing. For instance, in the last several years the U.S. has been borrowing money from China in order to buy Chinese products.

This is not necessarily a problem. The current account deficit starts to be a problem if it exceeds 3-4 percent of GDP for many years. Over that time, the country accumulates a significant amount of foreign debt that eventually has to be repaid.
Definition: Current account balance is the sum of net exports of goods and services, net primary income, and net secondary income.


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 Imports, percent of GDP 17.88 2022 percent
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 Foreign Direct Investment, percent of GDP 0.36 2022 percent
 Foreign Direct Investment, billion dollars 1.50 2022 billion U.S. dollars
 Portfolio investment inflows, equities 0.00 2000 million dollars (current)
 Current account, percent of GDP 3.44 2023 percent
 Current account, in dollars 12.48 2000 billion U.S. dollars
 Trade balance, percent of GDP 2.03 2022 percent
 Trade balance, in dollars 12.22 2000 billion U.S. dollars
 Reserves 7.69 1982 billion U.S. dollars
 Remittances, percent of GDP 0.54 2004 percent
 Net errors and omissions -1,355.00 2000 million USD
 External debt 2.55 2022 percent
 Short-term external debt 25.08 2022 percent
 Short-term debt to reserves 62.06 1982 percent
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