Trade

A Strong Partnership

The United States and Canada enjoy one of the closest relationships between any two countries in the world. This enduring partnership is built on mutual respect. 

Canada is the United States' biggest customer. Together, we benefit froma trillion dollar trade and investment relationship that supports millions of middle-class jobs on both sides of the border. In the United States alone, nearly 9 million jbs - spread out acorss every Congressional district - are supported by the bilateral economic relationship. 

  • The United States has a $36 billion surplus in manufacturing goods trade with Canada.
  • Canadians ar ethe #1 foreign visitor to the U.S. Travelers spend $16 billion in the U.S. annually.
  • Canada and the U.S. trade an average of $1.2 million in bilateral goods and services every minute of every day. 
  • Canada is the #1 export market for U.S. agricultural products. Our two countries enjoy $47 billion worth of agricultural trade. 

Find out about Canada's relationship and importance to your state by checking out the State Trade Fact Sheets.
This collection highlights the importance of the trade relationship between Canada and all 50 states and features success stories from local businesses and corporations.

20 Facts about the North American Economy
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), enacted in 1994, has created millions of jobs in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. and enhanced the region's global competitiveness. As we look to modernize the agreement, here are some facts to know.

Canada-U.S. Steel and Aluminum Trade
Canada buys more iron and steel from the U.S. than it sells—more than $2 billion last year. The U.S. also has a significant surplus in steel mill products and we are natural allies when it comes to aluminum.

Canada-U.S. Steel Trade: Fair Free and Prosperous
The U.S. and Canadian steel industries are deeply integrated with significant cross-border operations.