CALGARY, Nov. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Export Development Canada's (EDC)
forecast for Alberta's export growth calls for a substantial gain of 12
per cent in 2013 after recording a 7 per cent gain this year.
"Alberta exports will be firing on all cylinders in 2013," said Peter
Hall, Chief Economist, EDC. "Crude oil, most agricultural commodities
and a number of industrial goods will post gains next year, driving
Alberta's total exports to over CAD 100 billion."
The global recession did not have a significant impact upon Alberta's
export sector, with the number of exporters actually rising from 2,901
in 1999 to 2,972 in 2010. Alberta leads the country in posting the
largest increase of exporters during this time period. Most other
provinces sustained significant declines in the exporter population
during the last decade.
"Alberta clearly bucked the trend by adding exporters during the past
decade," said Hall. "However, contrary to the trend in all other
provinces, Alberta's exports to emerging markets have receded since
Alberta's exports depend on the energy (largely oil and gas), industrial
goods and agri-food sectors, which together account for 91 per cent of
the province's total international sales.
The energy sector generates over 72 per cent of the province's total
exports. EDC expects energy exports to jump by 14 per cent next year
after a strong 8 per cent gain this year.
"The 2013 energy export story will be based on the estimated CAD 20
billion in new oil sector investment this year, which will help drive
up crude production by 300,000 barrels a day through next year," said
Alberta's industrial goods sector accounts for more than 11 per cent of
the province's total exports, and is forecast to increase by 6 per cent
next year, following a 2 per cent drop in 2012. "This year's weakness
in chemicals, metals and ores was enough to suppress positive growth in
fertilizer, rubber and plastics. Growth in 2013 is all about the
recovery in the US economy."
The agri-food sector is also important to Alberta's export picture,
responsible for 9 per cent of the province's total exports, and will
see growth of 9 per cent next year after an 11 per cent gain this year.
"This year's bumper harvest and strong price outlook will increase
sales of special crops and wheat in 2013. Higher grain prices have also
driven cattle sales as farmers trim back herds."
EDC's semi-annual Global Export Forecast addresses the latest global
export conditions including perspectives on interest rates, exchange
rates as well as export strategies to help Canadian companies minimize
risk. It also analyzes a range of risks for which exporters should be
prepared. The forecast is available on EDC's website at: http://www.edc.ca/gef.
EDC is Canada's export credit agency, offering innovative commercial
solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their
international business. EDC's knowledge and partnerships are used by
more than 7,700 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to
200 markets worldwide each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining and
a recognized leader in financial reporting and economic analysis.
SOURCE: Export Development Canada
For further information:
Export Development Canada
Tel: (613) 598-2904