State trade fact sheets - Montana
- 48 Canadian-owned businesses employ 1,383 workers in Montana
- 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
- Montana sells more goods to Canada than to its next six largest foreign markets combined
The Future is Here
Lattice Materials LLC, a Bozeman-based manufacturer of advanced materials like silicon for the solar, semi-conductors and photonics industry, has enjoyed a decades-long trading relationship with north of the border companies. Lattice estimates that as much as eight to ten percent of their total sales are to Canadian aerospace companies, a figure they plan to grow. Employing a team of more than 50, Lattice is well positioned for the future as a company combining traditional machine shop capabilities and state-of-the-art advanced technology innovation.
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.
A Deeper Dive into Trade
Canada is more than just Montana’s top international trading partner… Indeed, Canada buys more from Montana than the state’s next six international trading partners combined. Goods and services that cross the shared border daily are critical to the Montana economy, but so is another (sometimes overlooked) revenue stream: tourism. With the border closures of 2020, never before have Canada and Montana felt just how important cross-border travel is to both sides. Binational treasures such as Waterton Glacier International Peace Park — as well as other tourist attractions in the Big Sky State — enjoy visits from hundreds of thousands of Canadians each year, the most from any international destination. Canadian spending in Montana is a boon for the state, with border and near-border towns such as Kalispell often relying on that mutual commerce to help keep local economies going strong.
Montana exports $544 million in goods to Canada annually
Montana exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 35%
- Chemicals: 5%
- Energy: 7%
- Equipment & machinery: 9%
- Forest products: 5%
- Minerals & metals: 28%
- Transportation: 8%
- Other: 3%
Montana imports $3.4 billion in goods from Canada annually
Montana imports from Canada by industry
- Chemicals: 4%
- Energy: 66%
- Equipment & machinery: 4%
- Forest products: 4%
- Minerals & metals: 7%
- Other: 15%
Top Montana goods exports to Canada
- Ores, slag & ash: $109 million
- Live animals: $61 million
- Vegetables: $40 million
- Cereals: $37 million
- Salt, sulfur, earth & stone, lime & cement: $34 million
- Tobacco products: $26 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $25 million
- Fuel oil: $25 million
- Inorganic chemicals: $17 million
- Agricultural machinery: $15 million
Top Montana goods imports from Canada
- Crude petroleum: $2.2 billion
- Pearls, gems, precious metals & jewelry: $195 million
- Fertilizers: $115 million
- Natural gas & other gases: $89 million
- Softwood lumber: $79 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $55 million
- Agricultural machinery: $33 million
- Organic chemicals: $21 million
- Automobiles: $17 million
- Cereals: $16 million
Montana exports $186 million in services to Canada annually
Top Montana services exports to Canada
- Transportation Services: $88 million
- Travel Services: $56 million
- Financial Services: $14 million
- Business & Professional Services: $13 million
- Royalties: $6 million
For more information on Montanaâ€™s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Denver.
- 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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