State trade fact sheets - Maine
- 72 Canadian-owned businesses employ 7,277 workers in Maine
- 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
- Maine sells more goods to Canada than to all other countries combined
Brothers and Ready Seafood founders John and Brendan Ready. Photo: Ready Seafood
Ready Seafood Invests in Maine Lobster
Ready Seafood, a subsidiary of Vancouver-based Premium Brands Holding Corp., has invested $15 million to create the largest lobster processing plant in Maine. The new facility has state-of-the-art technology, on-site storage and a research center. Ready Seafood is poised to hire around 50 full-time employees, bringing its workforce and new job creation to about 250 predominately full-time employees in Saco.
Building a New Bridge Between Maine and Canada
After nearly a century of wear and tear, the Madawaska-Edmundston International Bridge over the St. John River will be dismantled to make way for a new one. The project will be funded in part by a $36 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and officials are talking with their Canadian counterparts about how to split the remaining $38 million. The present 942 foot bridge serves as a vital link to Canada for Maine companies such as Twin Rivers Paper Co., one of the largest employers in northern Maine. Construction of the new bridge is expected to start in 2021.
LL Bean Expands to Canada
LL Bean, the iconic outdoor outfitter from Freeport, ME, has integrated into the Canadian market with several successful endeavors since 2018. They launched a Canadian e-commerce site in 2018, followed by the launch of a Canada-specific catalog and the opening of the first Canadian store in Oakville, ON, in 2019. 2020 has seen the opening of three additional retail stores in Ontario — Barrie in July, an outlet store in Vaughan Mills in September, and one in Don Mills in October. The company hopes to have 20 stores across the country with the next expansion plan for the Maritimes, starting in Halifax in 2021.
Maine exports $1.2 billion in goods to Canada annually
Maine exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 29%
- Energy: 15%
- Equipment & machinery: 6%
- Forest products: 26%
- Minerals & metals: 3%
- Transportation: 14%
- Other: 7%
Maine imports $3.2 billion in goods from Canada annually
Maine imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 14%
- Chemicals: 4%
- Energy: 49%
- Equipment & machinery: 3%
- Forest products: 17%
- Minerals & metals: 3%
- Plastics & rubbers: 3%
- Other: 7%
Top Maine goods exports to Canada
- Fish & crustaceans: $281 million
- Natural gas & other gases: $182 million
- Aircraft & parts: $143 million
- Paper & paperboard: $139 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $115 million
- Wood pulp: $35 million
- Fruits & nuts: $25 million
- Softwood lumber: $25 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $14 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $13 million
Top Maine goods imports from Canada
- Fuel oil: $1.3 billion
- Wood pulp: $227 million
- Fish & crustaceans: $218 million
- Softwood lumber: $159 million
- Electricity: $154 million
- Paper & paperboard: $94 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $67 million
- Inorganic chemicals: $67 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $66 million
- Natural gas & other gases: $62 million
Maine exports $211 million in services to Canada annually
Top Maine services exports to Canada
- Transportation Services: $78 million
- Travel Services: $71 million
- Business & Professional Services: $24 million
- Financial Services: $11 million
- Royalties: $9 million
For more information on Maineâ€™s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Boston.
- 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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