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.”