Alaska exports more than $5 billion in goods
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Gov. Bill Walker announced Alaska exported more than $5.15 billion of goods in 2014—the second highest year ever for Alaskan exports, and a 13.8-percent increase over the previous year. Nationally, exports rose 2.8 percent in 2014.
“Alaskans across the state support the industries whose exports strengthen our economy,” Walker said. “Our Alaskan exporters applied their ingenuity and a strong work ethic with exceptionally successful results.”
Two countries topped Alaska’s list of export markets at a billion dollars or more each—China and Japan. Exports to China were $1.46 billion, up 18.3 percent, due to strong increases in mineral ores and seafood. Exports to China included $783.5 million in seafood, $480.4 million in mineral ores, $90.0 million in forest products and $53.9 million in fish meal. Exports to Japan were $1.02 billion, up 48.8 percent due to the 2014 restart of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export from Cook Inlet and due to stronger export of seafood and mineral ores. Exports to Japan included $525.6 million in seafood, $239.5 million in mineral ores and $221.9 million in LNG.