New figures show Saskatchewan is on track to set a record for exports. Saskatchewan exports surpassed $30.3 billion in the first 11 months of 2013, up 5.3 per cent for the same period in 2012. In November 2013, exports in the province totalled $2.8 billion, the second highest ever for the month and up 13.9 per cent over last year. Saskatchewan had the third highest percentage increase among the provinces.
“As the final figures roll in for 2013, Saskatchewan’s economy remains on the right course to set a number of all-time records including exports,” Minister responsible for Trade Tim McMillan said. “This speaks to the productivity, innovation and hard work of Saskatchewan producers and businesses.”
Major increases were recorded for energy (up 25.0 per cent), metal ores and non-metallic minerals (up 10.9 per cent), and chemicals (up 35.5 per cent).
“The export sector is a vital part of the Saskatchewan economy, and with a record harvest in 2013, I think we can expect more good news on that front,” McMillan said. “These numbers are great news for manufacturing and business in general, and will likely translate into more job and business opportunities in 2014.”