Last year the export of Icelandic eiderdown amounted to ISK 508 million (USD 4.0 million, EUR 3.0 million), thereby exceeding the half billion mark for the first time. The increase in export revenue between 2011 and 2012 was 36 percent.
An eider duck. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
A total of 3,081 kilos of eiderdown were exported last year, up from 3,050 kilos in 2011. Demand exceeded supply, Bændablaðið, the journal of the Icelandic Farmers’ Association, reports.
Last year was the third in a row that the export of eiderdown exceeded three tons and demand keeps increasing. However, new eiderdown won’t be available until next autumn.
The average export price for each kilo of eiderdown has increased since 2010. In 2012 the price was ISK 164,816 (USD 1,300, EUR 976), up by 34 percent from the previous year and by 70 percent since 2009.