International exports up in 2013

Québec, February 21, 2014 – Québec’s seasonally adjusted international exports in constant dollars at 2007 prices increased 3.2% and totalled $65.4 billion in 2013 (up 1.8% in Canada, with a value of $436.8 billion). In December, Québec exports went up 3.2% (3.2% in Canada as well). This was revealed in the data released today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec on international merchandise trade.

Of the 25 major products, 14 posted an increase in 2013. Aircraft, unwrought aluminum and aluminum alloys, unwrought copper and copper alloys, and wood pulp recorded the largest gains in 2013. Exports of iron ores and concentrates, diesel fuel, basic and semi-finished aluminum and aluminum-alloy products all went down in 2013.

In December 2013, the main increases were seen in aircraft, commercial and service industry machinery and iron ores and concentrates. Heavy fuel oils, electricity and unwrought steel and ferro-alloys recorded the sharpest drops.

In 2013, non-seasonally adjusted exports to the United States in current dollars went up 6.4%. Their relative share of Québec exports stood at 70.5%, a proportion 2.1 percentage points higher than in 2012. Out of the ten major groups exported to the United States, six recorded increases in 2013. The most notable gains were in aircraft, unwrought aluminum and aluminum alloys, and unwrought copper and copper alloys. Unwrought precious metals and precious metal alloys, paper (except newsprint), and basic and semi-finished non-ferrous metal products (except aluminum) recorded the strongest drops.

Exports to Europe decreased 6.4% in 2013. Their relative share of Québec exports stood at 12.2%, a proportion 1.3 percentage points lower than in 2012. Among the ten major products exported to Europe in 2013, only six registered increases in 2013. The strongest increases of 2013 were recorded by aircraft, iron ores and concentrates, and pharmaceutical and medicinal products. Oilseeds (except canola), fresh and frozen pork, as well as turbines and turbine generator set units recorded the strongest decreases of exports to Europe.

Exports to Asia expanded 5.8% in 2013 and their relative share among Québec exports went up 0.3 percentage points and stood at 9.3%. Among the ten main products, seven recorded increases in 2013. The most significant gains concerned aircraft, newsprint, and commercial and service industry machinery. Oilseeds (except canola), fresh and frozen pork and waste and scrap of non-ferrous metals are the main groups recording a drop.

Imports up in 2013

Québec’s seasonally adjusted international merchandise imports in constant dollars at 2007 prices went up 3.2% and totalled $79.8 billion in 2013 (up 2.5% in Canada, a value of $443.9 billion). However, in December, they fell 5.4% (0.8% drop in Canada).

Sixteen of the 25 major commodity groups imported by Québec posted gains in 2013. Aircraft saw the highest increase of their imports; they were not among the majors groups in previous years. Motor gasoline and aircraft parts and other aerospace equipment follow in terms of the importance of their gains in 2013. Crude oil, miscellaneous parts of machinery and equipment, and medium and heavy-duty trucks and chassis posted the sharpest drops.

In December 2013, the strongest increases were in bauxite and aluminum oxide, motor gasoline and pharmaceutical and medicinal products. The main decreases were recorded in crude oil, jet fuel and aircraft parts and other aerospace equipment.

Non-seasonally adjusted imports from the United States in current dollars increased 16.7% in 2013 and accounted for 33.4% of Québec imports, a 3.7% rise compared with 2012. Among the 10 major commodity groups from the United States, nine posted increases in 2013. The most noteworthy gains were in motor gasoline, crude oil, and aircraft. Medium and heavy-duty trucks and chassis posted a small decline.

Imports from Europe went up 6.3% in 2013 and accounted for 29.8% of Québec imports, a 0.8% increase compared with 2012. Among the 10 major products, eight recorded an increase in 2013. The strongest increases were in crude oil, aircraft parts and other aerospace equipment and pharmaceutical and medicinal products. Motor gasoline and miscellaneous parts of machinery and equipment are the main groups recording decreases.

Imports from Asia fell 0.6% and accounted for 18.8% of all Québec imports, a 0.8% drop compared with 2012. Among the top 10 commodity groups, seven posted increases in 2013. The largest gains were recorded by women’s clothing, aircraft parts and other aerospace equipment and men’s clothing. Passenger cars, printed and integrated circuits, semiconductors, and printed circuit assemblies, as well as televisions and other audio and video equipment were the main groups that recorded drops.



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