First Half of 2011 Sees BC Exports Surge

Posted by Rumin Mann
August 18th, 2011

Demand for BC’s industrial goods and energy products has jumped considerably over the first half of 2011, as the province’s exports have surged 14-percent over the first six months of last year.

Year-to-date exports of industrial goods total $3.4-billion dollars, up 20-percent over the first half of 2010, while energy exports hit $4.6-billion dollars, which is an increase of 17-percent.  Forestry product exports have risen 13-percent and softwood lumber has seen a more moderate increase of nine-percent.

Figures released by Statistics Canada show that BC’s international merchandise exports from January to June were worth $15.9-billion dollars, compared with $14-billion last year.

“2011 has been an encouraging year for BC exports,” says Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Innovation, Pat Bell.  “Every day our province is exporting $88-million dollars worth of goods worldwide, a daily increase of more than $10-million dollars compared with last year.”

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