B.C. premier says Asian trade missions are boosting forestry sector
Premier Christy Clark gives the keynote address at the annual Truck Loggers Association Convention & Trade Show in Vancouver on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Jonathan Hayward)
VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark says British Columbia's forest industry is beginning to cash in on her government's trade missions to Asia.
Clark has told an annual gathering of the Truck Loggers Association in Vancouver that B.C. exported $1.27 billion of softwood lumber to China between January and end of November 2013.
She says that's a new record and a 13 per cent increase in exports over the previous year.
In November, the premier left for her fourth trade mission to Asia, visiting China, Korea and Japan.
Clark says one B.C. company is now signing an $80-million contract to provide housing in Szechuan, a province in west-central China.
The premier says she will continue to lead trade missions to Asia so the government can keep the momentum going.