State trade fact sheets - Iowa
- 71 Canadian-owned businesses employ 6,991 workers in Iowa
- 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
- Iowa sells more goods to Canada than to its next two largest foreign markets combined â€” Mexico & China
Jason Charles, one of Pipeline Foods’ founders. Photo: Pipeline Foods
Food Supply in the Pipeline
Pipeline Foods is a Midwest-headquartered supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on increasing global demand for sustainable and reliable sources of organic, non-GMO and regeneratively-grown food. Pipeline purchases grains from about 1,100 farmers in Western Canada — a key region for sourcing high demand small grains — and sources from another 1,800 farmers in the United States, including in Iowa and the upper Midwest region. Canada’s well-run agricultural programs and partnerships with farm credit agencies provide a stable environment for investment, and reciprocity of organic regulations between the U.S. and Canada is important to Pipeline. Early in its history, Pipeline established a regional headquarters team in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and acquired two grain elevator facilities in Saskatchewan that the company converted for organic and non-GMO handling. More recently, Pipeline purchased the specialty and organic corn and soybean business from Ontario-based SunOpta — which includes an organic corn facility in Atlantic, Iowa and an organic corn processing mill plant in Cresco, Iowa — and has aspirations of continued growth throughout the region.
Headquartered in Iowa City, Marlowe Companies Inc. (MCI) is the parent company for an approximately 2,500 employee portfolio of tech-enabled business and IT services companies. MCI provides telephone and omnichannel-based customer service, e-commerce, and digital support, inside sales, customer relationship management, and order processing to major customer-focused firms. MCI recently expanded into Canada by acquiring a call center in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia — renaming it The Sydney Call Centre, Inc. MCI benefited from the highly-tenured and experienced call center workforce and was able to retain all of the call center’s customers throughout North America.
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.
Iowa exports $3.5 billion in goods to Canada annually
Iowa exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 29%
- Chemicals: 15%
- Equipment & machinery: 27%
- Minerals & metals: 8%
- Plastics & rubbers: 5%
- Transportation: 13%
- Other: 3%
Iowa imports $2.4 billion in goods from Canada annually
Iowa imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 22%
- Chemicals: 12%
- Energy: 5%
- Equipment & machinery: 20%
- Forest products: 8%
- Minerals & metals: 16%
- Plastics & rubbers: 5%
- Transportation: 7%
- Other: 5%
Top Iowa goods exports to Canada
- Animal feed & food industry residues: $213 million
- Animal meats: $180 million
- Agricultural machinery: $174 million
- Tractors: $150 million
- Beverages & alcohol: $150 million
- Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $136 million
- Heating, cooling & refrigeration equipment: $129 million
- Cereals: $122 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $108 million
- Pasta, breads & cereal preparations: $92 million
Top Iowa goods imports from Canada
- Aluminum & aluminum articles: $200 million
- Fertilizers: $157 million
- Cereals: $126 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $113 million
- Live animals: $106 million
- Natural gas & other gases: $100 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $88 million
- Paper & paperboard: $85 million
- Agricultural machinery: $83 million
- Inorganic chemicals: $76 million
Iowa exports $327 million in services to Canada annually
Top Iowa services exports to Canada
- Insurance Services: $81 million
- Financial Services: $69 million
- Travel Services: $69 million
- Royalties: $43 million
- Business & Professional Services: $32 million
For more information on Iowaâ€™s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Minneapolis.
- 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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