Another strong Tasmanian export performance Tue 8 May 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Premier Lara Giddings has welcomed today's ABS export figures which show that in March 2012 Tasmania recorded $336 million in international exports, the strongest monthly result in almost 2 years. Ms Giddings said that Tasmania had recorded international merchandise exports over the year to March 2012 of $3.24 billion. "While exports have been relatively flat over the past year, in recent months there has been a noticeable pick up. "Just over the past quarter the value of overseas exports is up by 12 per cent compared to the same time last year. "This is a very strong result given the ongoing pressures of the high Australian dollar and sea freight challenges being faced by our local exporters. "We are continuing to see very strong demand out of China, which represents around 28% of total overseas exports when we include Hong Kong. Our exports have also been strengthened recently by a pickup in the United States. "Overwhelming our strongest export products continue to be our mineral resources while we are also seeing solid growth in dairy and vehicles including underground mining equipment and vessels," Ms Giddings said. Ms Giddings said that the latest export figures provide further evidence of the resilience of the Tasmanian economy against very challenging business conditions.