The Overseas Business Services (OBS)

The Overseas Business Services (OBS) was established in 1997 as part of the Icelandic Foreign Service. Its main task is to coordinate the work of trade counsellors in Icelandic Embassies around the world. It aims to meet demands of Icelandic firms concerning business opportunities abroad.

Supporting the foreign expansion of Icelandic companies

The OBS works with Icelandic business organizations, including the Trade Council of Iceland. The OBS works at strengthening the competitive position of Icelandic companies on international markets by providing specialised commercial services in Icelandic embassies.

OBS advisers can open doors for companies in the relevant regions, inter alia by assisting them to overcome difficult culture and language problems in different markets.

Specialized trade counsellors are posted in six embassies abroad, i.e. in the USA, Great Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany. Additionally, core trade services are provided in the embassies in Belgium, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

Services provided by the OBS


·   Tariffs and dues

·   Rules of origin

·   Establishing a business in North America

·   Contact and communication with American authorities

·   Information about technical trade barriers

·   Market information from public sources


·   Partner search

·   PR and events

·   Establishing a business in North America

·   Investments in North America

·   Trade delegations

Special services

·   Listing of companies and business contacts

·   Follow-up

·   Business-watch

Contact info

For more information contact:

Atli Ásmundsson, Consul General.

Mr. Hlynur Guðjónsson, Trade Commissioner for Canada. 

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