State trade fact sheets - Massachusetts
- 317 Canadian-owned businesses employ 32,022 workers in Massachusetts
- 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
- Canada sells more to Massachusetts than it sells to Mexico
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Canadian-Owned Companies Support Massachusetts Jobs
317 Canadian-owned companies operate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These companies create over 32,000 jobs in Massachusetts, while the Commonwealth exports over $5 billion of goods and services to Canada. Canadian-owned companies, including John Hancock, SunLife, TD Bank and MFS are clearly major contributors to Massachusetts’ economy, employing residents in every sector of the economy, paying taxes locally and contributing to the local economy through these salary dollars.
Massachusetts exports $3.6 billion in goods to Canada annually
Massachusetts exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 8%
- Chemicals: 14%
- Equipment & machinery: 32%
- Forest products: 7%
- Minerals & metals: 22%
- Plastics & rubbers: 8%
- Transportation: 6%
- Other: 3%
Massachusetts imports $11.4 billion in goods from Canada annually
Massachusetts imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 28%
- Energy: 25%
- Equipment & machinery: 6%
- Forest products: 9%
- Minerals & metals: 20%
- Plastics & rubbers: 3%
- Other: 9%
Top Massachusetts goods exports to Canada
- Pearls, gems, precious metals & jewelry: $627 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $483 million
- Pharmaceutical products: $272 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $271 million
- Paper & paperboard: $183 million
- Aircraft & parts: $148 million
- Computers: $140 million
- Fish & crustaceans: $117 million
- Telephones & AV recording equipment: $74 million
- Paints, pigments, varnishes, dyestuffs & inks: $63 million
Top Massachusetts goods imports from Canada
- Fuel oil: $2.2 billion
- Fish & crustaceans: $2.0 billion
- Pearls, gems, precious metals & jewelry: $1.7 billion
- Natural gas & other gases: $536 million
- Meat, fish & seafood preparations: $514 million
- Softwood lumber: $403 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $370 million
- Paper & paperboard: $334 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $278 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $213 million
Massachusetts exports $2.0 billion in services to Canada annually
Top Massachusetts services exports to Canada
- Charges for the use of intellectual property: $557 million
- Business services: $553 million
- Financial services: $458 million
- Travel (including for eduction): $210 million
- Telecommunications, compuer & information services: $82 million
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For more information on Massachusetts’ trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Boston.
- 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).
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: median annual Massachusetts wage ($70,010, 3/2020 release).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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