2015 Alberta Agri-Food Exports

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Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No. EXP16-1

Collected from a variety of sources, the Statistics and Data Development Section monitors statistical indicators of agri-food activity for Alberta. The Agri-Food Statistics Update is designed to provide users with commentary on current issues, trends and new developments related to agriculture and the food and beverage processing industries. Up-to-date statistics are supplemented with informative charts and diagrams. To gauge Alberta’s performance, comparative data and information are often available for Canada and the provinces.

This update presents the latest annual international trade statistics released by Statistics Canada. The information is preliminary and subject to revision.

International trade statistics are compiled by Statistics Canada according to the "General" system of trade defined by the Statistical Office of the United Nations. Under this system, domestic exports include all goods grown, extracted or manufactured in Canada, including goods of foreign origin, which have been materially transformed in Canada. Trade statistics are classified and published according to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (Harmonized System or HS). The HS is a product classification system used by almost all countries in reporting export and import statistics.

Export statistics are developed from administrative records of Customs. Customs based export statistics may understate and/or incorrectly portray the destination of exports.

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2015 Alberta Agri-Food Exports

Agri-food exports refer to exports of primary agricultural commodities (animals and crops) and processed agricultural and food products (value added exports). The latter includes: food, beverages, animal feed and inedible crude animal and plant products.

Key Messages

  • In 2015, Alberta agri-food exports set another record, at $10.2 billion, and were 4.5 per cent higher than the 2014 record of $9.7 billion.
  • Alberta continues to be the third largest exporter of agri-food products in Canada, after Saskatchewan and Ontario.
  • Value added exports increased for the second consecutive year, up 12.5 per cent to $4.8 billion, and represented 47.2 per cent of Alberta total agri-food exports. Higher exports of meat and other value added products contributed to the increase.
  • Exports of primary commodities, at $5.4 billion, declined about 2.0 per cent from 2014, and accounted for 52.8 per cent of the Alberta total in 2015. The decline was a result of lower exports of oilseeds and live cattle.
  • Wheat remained Alberta’s number one export product, followed by beef and canola seed. Exports of wheat increased moderately in 2015, while exports of canola seed declined in both, value and quantity.
  • Beef exports rose 18.7 per cent to $1.7 billion, supported by high prices. The quantity also increased but at a slower rate of 2.1 per cent. Exports of live cattle fell from the 2014 high. Also, exports of live hogs declined in value, while pork exports increased.
  • The United States continues to be Alberta’s largest export market, followed by China, Japan and Mexico.

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