STRONG MERCHANDISE EXPORT SALES IN JANUARY FOLLOW RECORD YEAR

March 7, 2013

Merchandise export sales started the year strong, rising by 11.4 per cent over last January, the highest percentage increase in Canada and well ahead of the 0.4 per cent average across the country. 

“Exports are a key element of the Saskatchewan economy,” Minister Responsible for Trade Tim McMillan said. “We had a record setting 2012, and today’s figures for the first month of 2013 sets the stage for what we are confident will be another impressive year for exporters in the province.”

A number of areas saw increases, including energy products which were up 10.4 per cent, metal and non-metallic mineral products up by 166.8 per cent, and forestry products up 40.5 per cent.

In 2012, exports totalled $31.4 billion, up by 6.4 per cent over the previous year, the second highest percentage increase among the provinces.

“We have an outstanding reputation of providing a variety of products destined for customers across the globe,” McMillan said. “The flow of quality goods from Saskatchewan is essential to meeting the demands of the world, but more importantly, it’s creating opportunity and prosperity right here at home.”

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For more information, contact:

Deb Young Economy Regina Phone: 306-787-4765 Email: deb.young@gov.sk.ca

via Prosperity Saskatchewan http://prosperitysaskatc

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