State trade fact sheets - Alaska
- 58 Canadian-owned businesses employ 4,410 workers in Alaska
- 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 Alaska than it sells to Russia
Canadian Company helps Anchorage make EV history
Anchorage made EV history by purchasing Alaska’s first commercial electric waste disposal truck. Anchorage’s Solid Waste Services (SWS) partnered with Ontario-based eCamion, Inc. to test an electric vehicle charging station which incorporates a large battery. eCamion, a turn-key solution provider for the community energy storage industry, has a proprietary battery system that allows for a steady charge at a lower voltage which will reduce demand rates from electric utilities. eCamion’s technology will lower operating costs for the City of Anchorage, while providing fast, reliable, and sustainable charging to electric trucks under demanding climate conditions. The innovative battery technology will be the first of its kind in the state. The Alaska Center for Energy and Power will utilize this pilot project to conduct a performance analysis of the electric vehicles, which are built by Peterbilt Motors Company (Denton, TX) and eCamion’s charging station, with the goal of expanding electric truck fleets in Alaska and around the world.
Support for Alaskan Transportation Industry
British Columbia-based Viking Air is a leading supplier of utility aircraft to help support the needs of rural businesses throughout Alaska. In 2020, when Homer, Alaska based company Maritime Helicopters needed a new aircraft to operate on the North Slope in Alaska, they turned to the Viking Twin Otter Series to best support the Alaska Oil and Gas industry.
Continuing the theme of Alaska-Canada partnership in the air, many Alaskan pilots receive regular training through Pacific Sky Aviation, training in Calgary, AB. This critical training ensures Alaskan-based flight services such as Maritime Helicopters are able to continue serving a wide variety of industries/needs in the High Arctic, North Slope, Western Aleutians, Southeast, and Interior.
Investing in Alaska
There are nearly 60 Canadian-owned companies operating in the state of Alaska. These companies account for 4,400 jobs throughout the state and contribute $261 million in salaries. These Canadian companies and their employees are major contributors to Alaska’s economy.
Alaska exports $499 million in goods to Canada annually
Alaska exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 8%
- Energy: 9%
- Equipment & machinery: 4%
- Forest products: 3%
- Minerals & metals: 74%
- Other: 2%
Alaska imports $459 million in goods from Canada annually
Alaska imports from Canada by industry
- Energy: 36%
- Equipment & machinery: 18%
- Forest products: 3%
- Minerals & metals: 15%
- Transportation: 11%
- Other: 17%
Top Alaska goods exports to Canada
- Ores, slag & ash: $365 million
- Fuel oil: $44 million
- Fish & crustaceans: $37 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $13 million
- Hoists, derricks & lifting equipment: $7 million
- Aircraft & parts: $5 million
- Pearls, gems, precious metals & jewelry: $5 million
- Animal or vegetable fats, oils & waxes: $2 million
- Animal feed & food industry residues: $2 million
- Electric motors & generators: $1 million
Top Alaska goods imports from Canada
- Fuel oil: $158 million
- Ores, slag & ash: $43 million
- Aircraft & parts: $26 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $13 million
- Engines & turbines: $12 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $11 million
- Automobiles: $9 million
- Telephones & AV recording equipment: $8 million
- Electric motors & generators: $7 million
- Compressors & pumps: $7 million
Alaska exports $124 million in services to Canada annually
Top Alaska services exports to Canada
- Transportation Services: $51 million
- Travel Services: $44 million
- Business & Professional Services: $15 million
- Royalties: $4 million
- Financial Services: $3 million
For more information on Alaskaâ€™s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Seattle.
- 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).
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: median annual Alaska wage ($59,290, 3/2020 release).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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