By: The Working Forest Staff
B.C. forest products exports grew in the first 10 months of the year, compared to sales year-to-date up to October 2014.
Statistics Canada reports that solid wood product sales were up three per cent and pulp and paper products were up 2.3 per cent. The only major commodity with lower sales was logs, down by 18.8 per cent from last year.
B.C. saw strong growth in agriculture and food sales, up 21.2 per cent, and fish products, up 15.8 per cent year-to-date to October. Fruits, nuts and whole salmon sales had the strongest gains, while meat and prepared meat were down 9.2 per cent.
Low energy and commodity prices continued, with value of natural gas sales down 40.2 per cent and coal down 17.4 per cent.