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Québec’s international exports dropped in January 2017

Québec, March 24, 2017. – Québec’s seasonally adjusted international exports in constant dollars at 2007 prices were down 12.4% in January 2017 (up 2.6% in Canada). The volume was down 2.7% below its level for January 2016 (down 1.1% in Canada). These figures on international merchandise trade were released today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

Eleven of the top 25 products exported by Québec posted gains in January 2017. The most significant gains were in iron ores and concentrates, followed by medium- and heavy-duty trucks and chassis, and then diesel fuel. The largest decline was in aircraft, followed by commercial and service industry machinery, and then unwrought copper and copper alloys.

Non-seasonally adjusted exports to the United States in current dollars declined by 7.0% in January 2017 and accounted for 73.4% of Québec exports. The greatest increase was in unwrought aluminum and aluminum alloys, followed by other unwrought non-ferrous metals, and then paper (except newsprint). Conversely, the largest decline was in aircraft, followed by electricity.

Exports to Europe were down 43.3% in January 2017 and accounted for 11.9% of Québec exports. The highest gains were in other metal ores and concentrates, not elsewhere classified; iron ores and concentrates; and nickel ores and concentrates. Aircraft posted the most significant decline among the top ten exports to Europe.

Exports to Asia declined by 19.4% and accounted for 8.5% of Québec exports. The largest increase was in iron ores and concentrates, followed by wood pulp, and then light-duty trucks, vans and SUVs. Conversely, the most significant drops were in other metal ores and concentrates not elsewhere classified and oilseeds (except canola).

Québec imports increase in January 2017 – Updated

Québec’s seasonally adjusted international merchandise imports in constant dollars at 2007 prices rose by 1.7% in January 2017 (up 3.1% in Canada). The volume was 2.4% below the level for January 2016 (up 0.6% in Canada).

Thirteen of the top 25 products imported by Québec posted an increase in January 2017. The largest gains were in light-duty trucks, vans and SUVs; followed by jet fuel, and then pharmaceutical and medicinal products. Conversely, the steepest declines were in crude oil; passenger cars; and printed and integrated circuits, semiconductors and printed circuit assemblies.

Non-seasonally adjusted imports from the United States in current dollars were down 14.9% and accounted for 32.0% of Québec imports in January 2017. The biggest gains were in light-duty trucks, vans and SUVs; followed by jet fuel, and then plastic resins. Conversely, the largest drop was in passenger cars, followed by crude oil, and then aircraft parts and other aerospace equipment.

Imports from Europe rose by 3.1% in January 2017 and accounted for 26.5% of Québec imports. The largest increase was in motor gasoline, followed by pharmaceutical and medicinal products, and then light-duty trucks, vans and SUVs. The biggest declines were in passenger cars and other industry-specific machinery not elsewhere classified.

Imports from Asia rose by 9.3% in January 2017 and accounted for 25.7% of Québec imports. The main increases were in precious metal ores and concentrates and precious metal bullion, followed by women’s clothing, and then footwear. The largest drops were in passenger cars; computers and computer peripheral equipment; and printed and integrated circuits, semiconductors and printed circuit assemblies.

 


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