State trade fact sheets - Illinois
- 407 Canadian-owned businesses employ 42,774 workers in Illinois
- 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
- Illinois sells more goods to Canada than to its next two largest foreign markets combined â€” Mexico & Germany
Expanding PPE Production
The COVID-19 pandemic brought extraordinary challenges to the medical supply chain as demand for certain products far outstripped supply capabilities. Illinois-based Medline and its employees worked around the clock since the start of the pandemic to address product shortages. During the first eight months of the pandemic, Medline delivered personal protective equipment (PPE) — more than 9 billion exam gloves and nearly 400 million facemasks, cover gowns, and isolation gowns to frontline healthcare networks. In addition, the company invested in both the United States and Canada to create new manufacturing capabilities in their factories. Through this retooling, Medline achieved the capability of producing an additional 400,000 bottles of hand sanitizer per week for the U.S. while simultaneously introducing new facemask production lines to serve customers in Canada.
Investing in Illinois
BMO Financial Group, headquartered in Montreal, employs over 13,000 people across the U.S. through its subsidiary BMO Harris Bank, headquartered in Chicago for over 160 years. BMO Harris is Chicago’s second largest retail lender and deposit holder, providing a broad range of personal and commercial banking products while employing nearly 11,000 people throughout the bank’s U.S. Midwest footprint. Through BMO Capital Markets, the bank is also Chicago’s largest investment banking employer, and one of the largest retail banks in the entire Midwest, boasting over 500 branches and approximately 43,000 ATMs nation-wide.
Convenience Meets the Prairie State
One of the most widely recognized convenience store brands, Circle K is known worldwide for quality products and great customer service. Regionally headquartered in Lisle, Illinois, Circle K is a subsidiary of Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard. It employs more than 3,300 people in the regional service center and in 260 stores across Illinois, all dedicated to making customers’ lives a little easier every day. From modest beginnings, Couche-Tard has seized opportunities to grow over the years. Its global network now comprises approximately 16,000 stores in 27 countries and territories, employing about 133,000 people. Couche-Tard celebrated its 40<th anniversary in 2020, pursuing its journey to become the world’s preferred destination for convenience and fuel.
Illinois exports $13.3 billion in goods to Canada annually
Illinois exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 10%
- Chemicals: 16%
- Energy: 6%
- Equipment & machinery: 30%
- Forest products: 3%
- Minerals & metals: 10%
- Plastics & rubbers: 7%
- Transportation: 14%
- Other: 4%
Illinois imports $28.6 billion in goods from Canada annually
Illinois imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 8%
- Chemicals: 4%
- Energy: 63%
- Equipment & machinery: 5%
- Forest products: 3%
- Minerals & metals: 6%
- Plastics & rubbers: 4%
- Transportation: 3%
- Other: 4%
Top Illinois goods exports to Canada
- Fuel oil: $763 million
- Automobiles: $747 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $687 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $447 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $428 million
- Pharmaceutical products: $424 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $406 million
- Agricultural machinery: $320 million
- Railway trains & rolling stock: $317 million
- Inorganic chemicals: $304 million
Top Illinois goods imports from Canada
- Crude petroleum: $17.0 billion
- Pearls, gems, precious metals & jewelry: $832 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $806 million
- Natural gas & other gases: $729 million
- Pasta, breads & cereal preparations: $539 million
- Paper & paperboard: $491 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $406 million
- Rubber & rubber articles: $386 million
- Aircraft & parts: $308 million
- Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $297 million
Illinois exports $3.2 billion in services to Canada annually
Top Illinois services exports to Canada
- Business & Professional Services: $1.0 billion
- Travel Services: $668 million
- Financial Services: $502 million
- Transportation Services: $415 million
- Royalties: $212 million
For more information on Illinoisâ€™ trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Chicago.
- 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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