It was the first surplus for Israel in its balance of payments since the third quarter of 2011.
The move from deficit to surplus is the result of a reduction of the deficits in the primary income account, from $2.4 billion in the second quarter of 2012 to $1.6 billion in the third quarter, and in the goods account – from a $2.6 billion deficit to a $2
The export of goods and services totaled $22.6 billion in the third quarter, while the import of goods and services amounted to $22.2 billion.
The export of goods alone totaled $15.4 billion in the third quarter of 2012, a 2% drop compared to the previous quarter. The import of goods alone totaled $17.3 billion. The surplus in the services account grew as compared to the previous quarter, reaching $2.3 billion.
Israeli residents' income from financial investments abroad totaled $1.5 billion. Foreign residents' income from their investments in Israel amounted to $2.2 billion in the third quarter, a 27.6% decline.