Alberta trade facts

  • Alberta's goods exports were $95.4 billion in 2012, up from $70.6 billion in 2009 and 93.7 billion in 2011.
  •  Exports from Alberta’s most active industry, Oil and gas extraction, were $64.2 million in 2012, compared to $45 million in 2009 and $63.4 million in 2011. This shows a 1.4% increase from 2011 to 2012. Exports from all other industries saw an increase of 2.7% over the same period.
  • Alberta exported 21.0% of Canada's total exports in 2012.

Export Markets

  • The U.S. is Alberta's most important export market. In 2012, the U.S. consumed $82.0 billion worth of Alberta's goods, or 86% of total exports.
  •  After North America, Alberta's most important export region was Asia-Pacific, which received 58% of Alberta's non-U.S. exports (in dollar terms).
  • China was Alberta's largest export market in the region and the second largest market overall at $3.7 billion in exports in 2012, up from $3.0 billion 2011.
  • Alberta's exports to Latin America increased 5.1% from $1.9 billion in 2011 to $2.0 billion in 2012.

Export Sectors

  • Energy commodities continued to be Alberta's most important export sector and accounted for 67% of the total value of Alberta's exports in 2012.
  • Agricultural exports increased their share of total exports by nearly 1% from 2011 to 2012. Crops account for about 85% of primary agricultural exports and live animals for 15%. Wheat is Alberta’s largest agricultural export commodity at $2.0 billion in 2012.
  • After a drop-off following the world recession in 2009, manufacturing exports rebounded by 24% between 2009 and 2012 to $22.3 billion. Alberta refineries exported $2.7 billion of petroleum products in 2012, a five-fold increase from 2002 as both prices and volumes more than doubled over the period.
  • Chemicals, synthetic resins and fertilizers are becoming an increasingly important export sector, particularly to the US, China and Mexico.
  • After great increases in the early 2000’s, exports of wood products (such as lumber and oriented strand board) declined between 2004 and 2009 to a 15-year low of $556 million. In 2012 exports have rebounded slightly to $590 million.