Saskatchewan Surpasses Alberta in Non-US Exports
Written by Shanna Empey on Monday, 30 March 2015
Primary agriculture production such as wheat, canola, soybeans and lentils are among our major exports to countries outside of the United States.
Saskatchewan has set a new all time record in merchandise exports to countries outside of the United States.
Recently release figures demonstrate that the province has a well-diversified trade market with merchandise exports totalling $12.6 billion in 2014, an all time record for the province, which surpassed Alberta’s $11.9 billion posted last year.
“Passing Alberta was a very significant thing considering the Alberta economy and the Alberta population is about four times that of Saskatchewan,” said Minister responsible for Trade, Jeremy Harrison. “Obviously not the same population that other provinces have and some of the export numbers that they might have, but we’re very proud of the fact that we’ve been able to move forward on these non-US exports in such a way that we’re passing even our much larger neighbour to the west.”
Between 2007 and 2014, major increases in exports were reported in a number of countries, including China, Japan, India, Brazil, and Indonesia, and Italy, which was up 220%.
“We really do applaud our manufacturers, our primary producers, our exporters who have worked very hard, and government has worked hard as well to build these markets to open up new markets,” added Harrison. “That’s meant trade missions and other sort of initiatives and that means working with our trade and export partnership here in the province as well to open up these markets and we’ve been having tremendous success.”
In 2014, Saskatchewan’s total exports were a record $35.1 billion, and Harrison says the trade market has been making steady gains since 2007
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