Alaska resource exports hit $3.8 billion through October, state says

From Bill White --The state says Alaska exports grew 30 percent through October last year.

Gov. Sean Parnell pegged the total value of Alaska exports during those 10 months at $3.8 billion.

Among the exports are:

-- Pollock, salmon and other seafood.

-- Zinc and lead, primarily from the Red Dog mine near Kotzebue.

-- Gold from a variety of mines from the Interior to Southeast.

-- Forest products from Southeast.

Seafood was up 12 percent to $1.7 billion in value. A banner year for salmon helped lift that number, the state said.

Mineral exports totaled $1.3 billion during the 10 months, up 64 percent. Higher prices for zinc and gold, plus more gold production, were key reasons for the growth. Besides that, $39 million worth of Canadian copper was exported via the Skagway ore port, the state said.

The price of liquefied natural gas has been higher, too, and that helped Alaska's energy exports rise 36 percent to $345 million, the state said. Conoco Phillips and Marathon partner on the LNG exports of Cook Inlet gas from a plant at Nikiski.

Japan took the largest share of Alaska's exports, at $1.1 billion, up 29 percent. Seafood, energy and minerals comprise 97 percent of what Japan got.

China ranked second, with $860 million worth of Alaska exports, mostly seafood and minerals.

Korea was third, with $445 million, again seafood and minerals dominated.

Canada was fourth at $367, with minerals dominating, particularly the Red Dog output, which goes to a British Columbia smelter.

Eleven European countries together received $849 million from Alaska.

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