State trade fact sheets - Maine
- Canada is Maine’s #1 customer
- 830,000 Canadian travelers spent $291 million in Maine in 2017
- 152 Canadian-owned businesses employ 8,026 workers in Maine
- Maine sells more goods to Canada than to all other countries combined
- Canada sells more to Maine than it sells to France
Ribbon cutting ceremony at Ready Seafood's new plant in Saco. Photo: City of Saco
Canadian-Owned Ready Seafood Boosts Maine’s Lobster Processing
The Maine lobster industry, which has long been a leader in harvesting, is expanding its processing capabilities thanks to Vancouver-based Premium Brands Holding Corp., owner of Ready Seafood, which has invested $15 million in the largest processing plant in Maine, at 52,000 square feet. The new processing plant will have 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 & 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 counterparts in Canada about how to split the remaining $38 million. The present 942-foot-long 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.
Electric Charging Corridor
Since August 2016, Maine and Québec have partnered on an electric vehicle charging corridor that will link Québec City to Portland and other Maine tourist destinations. The corridor, which is the result of an agreement between Drive Electric Maine and Hydro-Québec's Electric Circuit, was expanded on October 28, 2019 when Governor Janet Mills announced the installation of 47 additional charging stations in 23 municipalities. As a result, electric car drivers can drive from Maine’s southern border to Québec border crossings on routes 201 and 27. The initiative is the result of discussions that took place at the 2016 Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers and is a strong example of both the close cross-border cooperation in the region as well as the tightly-integrated energy relationship.
Maine exports $1.4 billion in goods to Canada annually
Maine exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 34%
- Energy: 12%
- Equipment & machinery: 6%
- Forest products: 24%
- Minerals & metals: 3%
- Transportation: 14%
- Other: 7%
Maine imports $2.9 billion in goods from Canada annually
Maine imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 17%
- Chemicals: 4%
- Energy: 44%
- Equipment & machinery: 4%
- Forest products: 16%
- Minerals & metals: 3%
- Plastics & rubbers: 3%
- Other: 9%
Top Maine goods exports to Canada
- Fish & crustaceans: $377 million
- Natural gas & other gases: $167 million
- Aircraft & parts: $153 million
- Paper & paperboard: $151 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $131 million
- Fruits & nuts: $40 million
- Softwood lumber: $28 million
- Wood pulp: $20 million
- Meat, fish & seafood preparations: $17 million
- Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $14 million
Top Maine goods imports from Canada
- Fuel oil: $1.0 billion
- Fish & crustaceans: $251 million
- Wood pulp: $213 million
- Electricity: $188 million
- Paper & paperboard: $100 million
- Softwood lumber: $90 million
- Natural gas & other gases: $86 million
- Inorganic chemicals: $74 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $72 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $55 million
Maine exports $195 million in services to Canada annually
Top Maine services exports to Canada
- Travel services: $76 million
- Transportation services: $64 million
- Business & professional services: $24 million
- Royalties: $8 million
- Insurance services: $8 million
For more information on Maine’s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Boston.
- Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2019 data in U.S. dollars.
- U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canada’s export ranking (2/2020 release).
- The Trade Partnership: 2018 services exports (estimated, 2/2020 release).
- Statistics Canada: 2017 tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (8/2019 release, US$1.00=C$1.2986).
- Dun + Bradstreet: Canadian-owned businesses (12/2019 release).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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