Canada pushing more exports to Philippines
"We're looking at increasing export of products that are more resilient. We can provide solid wood that can stand up to natural disasters," Mr. Reeder said in an interview at the sidelines of a presentation on Canada's post-Yolanda response.
Canadian exports to the Philippines reached $593 million last year from $527.9 million in 2012.
Mr. Reeder said his office has observed growing interest in Canadian softwood lumber as an alternative to coconut lumber. Softwood lumber was Canada's number one export to the Philippines last year, with a value of $93.8 million.
Mr. Reeder said softwood lumber exports are expected to rise this year as disaster reconstruction continues in the Philippines.
Other top Canadian exports were wheat and meslin ($79.8 million), copper ores and concentrates ($73.6 million), pork ($53.4 million), and mineral or chemical fertilizers ($35.5 million).
Two-way trade between Canada and the Philippines increased 15% annually to $1.7 billion last year.
Canada imported $1.13 billion of goods from the Philippines. Its top five imports were insulated wire, conductor and optical fibre cables ($319.6 million); electronic integrated circuits ($144.9 million); other optical appliances, devices and instruments ($59.7 million); rubber ($57.5 million); electrical transformers, static converters and inductors ($44.7 million). ■