State trade fact sheets - Kentucky
- 90 Canadian-owned businesses employ 5,433 workers in Kentucky
- 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
- Kentucky sells more goods to Canada than to its next three largest foreign markets combined â€” the UK, Mexico & France
Partners in Aluminum: Canada and Kentucky
Canadian manufacturer Dajcor Aluminum expands into Perry County near Hazard, KY. The aluminum extrusion operation is investing $19.6 million in a 300,000 square foot facility that will ultimately create up to 265 full-time positions. The eastern Kentucky location was chosen for the company’s first foray into the United States due to its proximity to U.S. markets, available workforce, and employee training programs. This region of Kentucky has a blossoming aluminum industry due to state investment.
Vital Partners, Vital PPE
Canadian businesses love to call Kentucky home and have deep connections to the communities in which they are located. So it may come as no surprise when Solutions 2 Go stepped up to help in Kentucky’s fight against the pandemic with some much needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The Brampton, ON provider of distribution solutions for publishers, manufacturers and retailers, with a sales and distribution office in Louisville, donated over 52,800 KN95 masks to be distributed throughout the Bluegrass State. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear thanked the company during his June 15, 2020 press conference, saying “This is a major donation. It’s one of the hardest PPE pieces to find and it’s really going to help us.”
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.
Kentucky exports $6.6 billion in goods to Canada annually
Kentucky exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 3%
- Chemicals: 7%
- Equipment & machinery: 22%
- Forest products: 3%
- Minerals & metals: 8%
- Plastics & rubbers: 7%
- Transportation: 44%
- Other: 6%
Kentucky imports $3.6 billion in goods from Canada annually
Kentucky imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 6%
- Chemicals: 8%
- Equipment & machinery: 14%
- Forest products: 6%
- Minerals & metals: 35%
- Plastics & rubbers: 7%
- Transportation: 14%
- Other: 10%
Top Kentucky goods exports to Canada
- Trucks: $1.1 billion
- Automobiles: $886 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $653 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $415 million
- Computers: $308 million
- Aircraft & parts: $241 million
- Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $196 million
- Aluminum & aluminum articles: $133 million
- Telephones & AV recording equipment: $129 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $116 million
Top Kentucky goods imports from Canada
- Aluminum & aluminum articles: $808 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $452 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $198 million
- Engines & turbines: $194 million
- Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $155 million
- Pharmaceutical products: $124 million
- Softwood lumber: $117 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $110 million
- Furniture & bedding: $87 million
- Paper & paperboard: $77 million
Kentucky exports $364 million in services to Canada annually
Top Kentucky services exports to Canada
- Travel Services: $171 million
- Business & Professional Services: $43 million
- Transportation Services: $40 million
- Royalties: $32 million
- Insurance Services: $22 million
For more information on Kentuckyâ€™s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Detroit.
- 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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