State trade fact sheets - Louisiana
- 112 Canadian-owned businesses employ 7,497 workers in Louisiana
- 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 Louisiana than it sells to Belgium
La Salle Lumber
In 2019, LaSalle Lumber Company opened the first new sawmill built in the state in more than two decades, bringing together two family-owned businesses that have been involved in the forest industry for generations.
The new, highly-automated sawmill, which employs 115 people, is a joint venture between Hunt Forest Products of Ruston, Louisiana, and Tolko Industries, Ltd., a Canadian company that produces a wide range of forest products for customers around the world. Along with skilled job opportunities, this partnership will provide a local outlet for the abundant inventory of southern yellow pine.
Located in La Salle Parish, a region founded on forestry, this venture will boost the local economy while welcoming in a new generation of technology to the state’s lumber industry.
CGI Invests in Acadiana’s IT Talent
Montreal-based CGI has created more than 1,500 jobs by hiring workers and building state-of-the-art IT facilities in small towns and non-metro areas across the United States. Nowhere has the strategy been more successful than in Louisiana.
In 2016, CGI opened a $13.1 million, 50,000 square foot onshore IT service center in Lafayette and remains an anchor tenant of the 143-acre Research Park of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The project also included a state-funded, 10-year, $4.5 million higher education initiative led by UL Lafayette with a goal to triple the number of undergraduate degrees awarded annually by the University’s School of Computing and Informatics.
Today, Lafayette is one of seven small and mid-sized communities nationwide that have become partners in the success of CGI’s nationwide onshoring strategy.
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.
Louisiana exports $2.4 billion in goods to Canada annually
Louisiana exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 6%
- Chemicals: 23%
- Energy: 34%
- Equipment & machinery: 5%
- Plastics & rubbers: 22%
- Transportation: 5%
- Other: 5%
Louisiana imports $2.5 billion in goods from Canada annually
Louisiana imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 7%
- Chemicals: 7%
- Energy: 56%
- Equipment & machinery: 10%
- Forest products: 4%
- Minerals & metals: 8%
- Plastics & rubbers: 3%
- Other: 5%
Top Louisiana goods exports to Canada
- Plastics & plastic articles: $490 million
- Fuel oil: $451 million
- Crude petroleum: $279 million
- Organic chemicals: $128 million
- Petroleum coke & bitumen: $95 million
- Inorganic chemicals: $92 million
- Aircraft & parts: $85 million
- Animal or vegetable fats, oils & waxes: $51 million
- Coffee, tea, & spices: $49 million
- Rubber & rubber articles: $40 million
Top Louisiana goods imports from Canada
- Crude petroleum: $1.3 billion
- Fertilizers: $89 million
- Ores, slag & ash: $84 million
- Aluminum & aluminum articles: $83 million
- Fuel oil: $68 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $67 million
- Animal or vegetable fats, oils & waxes: $58 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $47 million
- Engines & turbines: $44 million
- Beverages & alcohol: $43 million
Louisiana exports $1.3 billion in services to Canada annually
Top Louisiana services exports to Canada
- Transportation Services: $756 million
- Travel Services: $279 million
- Business & Professional Services: $127 million
- Royalties: $86 million
- Personal, Cultural & Recreational Services: $29 million
For more information on Louisianaâ€™s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Dallas.
- 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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