State trade fact sheets - Kentucky
- 102 Canadian-owned businesses employ 5,821 workers in Kentucky
- Canada is the #1 customer for most states,
- 76% of Canadian exports to the U.S. are raw materials, parts, and components used to create other goods in the United States
- Kentucky sells more goods to Canada than to its next three largest foreign markets combined — Mexico, the UK & China
Agri-Tech Sector Gets Boost
Montreal-based Kruger Packaging is investing $114 million to build the company’s first corrugated box plant in the U.S. At maturity, the new state-of-the-art plant will produce 2.4 billion square feet per year of corrugated boxes, allowing Kruger Packaging to increase its offering to growing markets in the U.S. This Canadian investment, which will employ 150 people in Elizabethtown, is aligned with Kentucky’s AgriTech initiative which seeks to grow agriculture technologies that improve the profitability, predictability, and sustainability of food production, manufacturing and distribution across the Bluegrass state.
Martinrea Hopkinsville Expands
Tier 1 Canadian automotive supplier Martinrea International Inc. is expanding its operations in Hopkinsville. The company is investing $31 million and will create 33 jobs in this southwestern Kentucky community. The existing 400,000 square foot Martinrea Hopkinsville LLC facility will expand by nearly 10% to support production of lightweight, high-strength structural steel products for internal combustion engine and battery electric vehicles. The Hopkinsville facility has produced automotive parts since 1999 and has been operated by Martinrea since 2006.
Dajcor Keeps Growing
When Dajcor, a leading manufacturer of extruded, fabricated and anodized aluminum products, began operations in Perry County in March 2020 the plan was to add an anodizing line within three years. Due to high demand, this Canadian firm is expanding two years ahead of schedule. Located on 30 acres of prime industrial land, the facility offers 300,000 square feet of manufacturing space. This expansion includes facility improvements and the purchase of new equipment, which is expected to increase production capacity, reduce production time, and lower costs.
Kentucky exports $8.2 billion in goods to Canada annually
Kentucky exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 3%
- Chemicals: 13%
- Equipment & machinery: 20%
- Minerals & metals: 8%
- Plastics & rubbers: 7%
- Transportation: 40%
- Other: 9%
Kentucky imports $4.5 billion in goods from Canada annually
Kentucky imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 5%
- Chemicals: 7%
- Equipment & machinery: 15%
- Forest products: 7%
- Minerals & metals: 33%
- Plastics & rubbers: 8%
- Transportation: 14%
- Other: 11%
Top Kentucky goods exports to Canada
- Trucks: $1.2 billion
- Automobiles: $1.1 billion
- Pharmaceutical products: $623 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $578 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $477 million
- Computers: $352 million
- Aircraft & parts: $290 million
- Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $276 million
- Furniture & bedding: $176 million
- Toys, games, sporting & recreation equipment: $163 million
Top Kentucky goods imports from Canada
- Aluminum & aluminum articles: $1.0 billion
- Motor vehicle parts: $556 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $297 million
- Engines & turbines: $244 million
- Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $200 million
- Softwood lumber: $194 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $144 million
- Furniture & bedding: $96 million
- Inorganic chemicals: $89 million
- Pharmaceutical products: $83 million
Kentucky exports $237 million in services to Canada annually
Top Kentucky services exports to Canada
- Travel (including for eduction): $56 million
- Business services: $45 million
- Charges for the use of intellectual property: $39 million
- Transport: $26 million
- Insurance services: $25 million
For more information on Kentucky’s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Detroit.
- Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2021 data in U.S. dollars.
- U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canada’s export ranking (2/2022 release).
- The Trade Partnership: 2019 services exports (estimated, 11/2021 release).
- Dun + Bradstreet: Canadian-owned businesses (3/2022 release).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
- Date Modified: