State trade fact sheets - North Carolina
- 209 Canadian-owned businesses employ 20,026 workers in North Carolina
- Canada is the #1 customer for most states,
including North Carolina
- Over 76% of U.S. imports from Canada are goods that are used in the production of other goods
- Canada sells more to North Carolina than it sells to South Korea
AirBoss Supplies PPE
Canadian manufacturer AirBoss Defense Group (ADG) has been awarded more than $123 million in contracts to supply personal protective equipment to U.S. Government agencies. Their respirators, filters and hoods will be part of the inventory for the Strategic National Stockpile. ADG has increased staffing in their Scotland Neck, NC facility to help meet this need.
Patrick Callahan, CEO of ADG, stated: “These new contracts underscore ADG’s ability to quickly respond to the COVID-19 crisis by focusing the entire company on delivering FlexAir PAPR systems to front-line workers across the United States.”
Gildan Brings New Jobs to North Carolina
Gildan Yarns, the yarn spinning division of Montreal-based apparel manufacturer Gildan, recently purchased a yarn-spinning facility in Eden, NC. The company plans to invest $4.7 million to revamp and upgrade the site, adding 85 new jobs in the region. This location will be the company’s fifth yarn spinning mill in North Carolina, and its seventh in the U.S. Eden, which is in Rockingham County, is also home to Gildan’s first large-scale distribution center. Although wages at the Eden mill will vary depending on the position, the average for all new positions will exceed the current average annual wage salary in Rockingham County of $34,716.
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.
North Carolina exports $5.9 billion in goods to Canada annually
North Carolina exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 6%
- Apparel & textiles: 5%
- Chemicals: 20%
- Equipment & machinery: 43%
- Forest products: 4%
- Minerals & metals: 5%
- Plastics & rubbers: 6%
- Transportation: 8%
- Other: 3%
North Carolina imports $3.2 billion in goods from Canada annually
North Carolina imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 11%
- Apparel & textiles: 4%
- Chemicals: 14%
- Equipment & machinery: 18%
- Forest products: 15%
- Minerals & metals: 9%
- Plastics & rubbers: 14%
- Transportation: 6%
- Other: 9%
Top North Carolina goods exports to Canada
- Pharmaceutical products: $743 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $305 million
- Computers: $234 million
- Engines & turbines: $231 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $216 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $195 million
- Paper & paperboard: $139 million
- Compressors & pumps: $105 million
- Heating, cooling & refrigeration equipment: $98 million
- Prepared vegetables: $88 million
Top North Carolina goods imports from Canada
- Plastics & plastic articles: $420 million
- Softwood lumber: $244 million
- Organic chemicals: $212 million
- Paper & paperboard: $142 million
- Furniture & bedding: $96 million
- Aircraft & parts: $84 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $84 million
- Pasta, breads & cereal preparations: $68 million
- Pharmaceutical products: $67 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $63 million
North Carolina exports $1.6 billion in services to Canada annually
Top North Carolina services exports to Canada
- Financial Services: $452 million
- Travel Services: $365 million
- Royalties: $264 million
- Business & Professional Services: $239 million
- Tech Services: $155 million
For more information on North Carolinaâ€™s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Atlanta.
- 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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