State trade fact sheets - Alabama
- 98 Canadian-owned businesses employ 8,429 workers in Alabama
- Canada is the #1 customer for most states
- Over 76% of U.S. imports from Canada are goods that are used in the production of other goods
- Canada sells more to Alabama than it sells to South Korea
Secure Testing Aids Remote Learning
Canada’s Yardstick Assessment Strategies has merged with Birmingham’s ProctorU to create a new joint venture called Meazure Learning. The deal will allow both companies to have rapid expansion in the $3 billion professional testing and higher education market. Meazure, which has raised more than $30 million in growth capital, will offer customizable online testing solutions, allowing test-takers to complete their tests virtually anywhere, and at any time, while ensuring the greatest possible exam security. Yardstick will serve as Meazure’s market-leading professional testing business unit, while ProctorU will continue its leadership and focus in higher education.
Canadian Companies Accelerate Growth in Alabama
Canadian companies are playing a key role as Alabama accelerates its growth in the automotive and transportation sectors. Ontario’s Magna International, the world’s third largest auto supplier, has operated for over a decade in Birmingham, Alabama. In recent years, the company completed a $60 million expansion of its Kamtek plant, adding 250 new jobs. Mitchell Plastics, a manufacturer of plastic parts exclusively for the automotive industry also headquartered in Ontario, broke ground on an $18.3 million expansion of its Huntsville facility. The 130,000 square foot expansion will double the manufacturing footprint of the plant.
Canada and the U.S.: There for Each Other
In 2020, Canada and the U.S. again worked together as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold across the world. Canada and the U.S. preserved supply chains across the border, deeming trucking essential. Canada and the U.S. traded important inputs for the production of personal protective equipment and medical equipment, maintaining a thriving bilateral trade in finished goods. Soon after the outbreak, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research began awarding grants to joint research projects proposed by Canadian and U.S. institutions to try and find an end to the virus.
No matter our shared challenges and as we have done in times of crisis, Canada and the U.S. will continue to support one another as friends, partners and allies.
Alabama exports $2.9 billion in goods to Canada annually
Alabama exports to Canada by industry
- Chemicals: 4%
- Equipment & machinery: 26%
- Forest products: 6%
- Minerals & metals: 8%
- Plastics & rubbers: 4%
- Transportation: 48%
- Other: 4%
Alabama imports $2.6 billion in goods from Canada annually
Alabama imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 5%
- Energy: 13%
- Equipment & machinery: 26%
- Forest products: 7%
- Minerals & metals: 21%
- Plastics & rubbers: 6%
- Transportation: 12%
- Other: 10%
Top Alabama goods exports to Canada
- Automobiles: $1.1 billion
- Engines & turbines: $431 million
- Paper & paperboard: $142 million
- Aircraft & parts: $141 million
- Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $116 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $115 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $43 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $42 million
- Organic chemicals: $40 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $38 million
Top Alabama goods imports from Canada
- Crude petroleum: $321 million
- Aluminum & aluminum articles: $317 million
- Engines & turbines: $207 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $161 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $125 million
- Softwood lumber: $119 million
- Furniture & bedding: $91 million
- Animal or vegetable fats, oils & waxes: $84 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $50 million
- Zinc & zinc articles: $48 million
Alabama exports $350 million in services to Canada annually
Top Alabama services exports to Canada
- Travel Services: $116 million
- Financial Services: $68 million
- Business & Professional Services: $62 million
- Royalties: $41 million
- Tech Services: $27 million
For more information on Alabamaâ€™s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Atlanta.
- Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2020 data in U.S. dollars.
- U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canadaâ€™s export ranking (2/2021 release).
- The Trade Partnership: 2019 services exports (estimated, 2/2021 release).
- Dun + Bradstreet: Canadian-owned businesses (3/2021 release).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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