State trade fact sheets - North Dakota
- 73 Canadian-owned businesses employ 4,211 workers in North Dakota
- Canada is the #1 customer for most states,
including North Dakota
- Over 76% of U.S. imports from Canada are goods that are used in the production of other goods
- North Dakota sells more goods to Canada than to all other countries combined
Streamlining Border Crossings
Both Canada and the United States have made significant investments to upgrade the high-volume, 24/7 border crossing at Pembina, North Dakota and Emerson, Manitoba, which together represent one of the largest crossings between the United States and Canada.
On the U.S. side, improvements focused on new lanes of traffic to separate commercial and primary traffic, introduction of new technology, and safety; on the Canadian side, the project added a new and larger commercial warehouse for truck examinations, a dedicated bus examination bay and lobby area, and a widened highway to allow for three bi-level primary inspection booths for more efficient processing of commercial traffic.
Innovation in Cultivation
Burgeoning agricultural technology (agtech) sectors on both sides of the border are creating investment and technology partnership opportunities for both North Dakota and Canada. At the Cultivate Conference, held annually in Fargo, innovative Canadian companies present their agtech products each year to hundreds of Midwestern farmers, industry employees, and investors. As one of the world’s largest agricultural producers and exporters, Canada has a leading edge in emerging technologies and applications aimed at making agricultural practices more efficient, safe, and environmentally-friendly, while reducing fertilizer, water, and food waste.
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 Dakota exports $4.4 billion in goods to Canada annually
North Dakota exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 11%
- Chemicals: 3%
- Energy: 75%
- Equipment & machinery: 7%
- Other: 4%
North Dakota imports $1.8 billion in goods from Canada annually
North Dakota imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 20%
- Chemicals: 12%
- Energy: 6%
- Equipment & machinery: 18%
- Forest products: 3%
- Minerals & metals: 11%
- Transportation: 10%
- Other: 20%
Top North Dakota goods exports to Canada
- Fuel oil: $1.8 billion
- Crude petroleum: $1.5 billion
- Cereals: $117 million
- Oil seeds: $91 million
- Beverages & alcohol: $86 million
- Agricultural machinery: $79 million
- Natural gas & other gases: $71 million
- Organic chemicals: $60 million
- Animal feed & food industry residues: $58 million
- Tractors: $56 million
Top North Dakota goods imports from Canada
- Oil seeds: $172 million
- Fertilizers: $102 million
- Cereals: $87 million
- Agricultural machinery: $84 million
- Compressors & pumps: $79 million
- Inorganic chemicals: $63 million
- Pearls, gems, precious metals & jewelry: $59 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $56 million
- Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $42 million
- Fuel oil: $35 million
North Dakota exports $298 million in services to Canada annually
Top North Dakota services exports to Canada
- Transportation Services: $228 million
- Business & Professional Services: $24 million
- Travel Services: $15 million
- Financial Services: $12 million
- Royalties: $10 million
For more information on North Dakotaâ€™s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Minneapolis.
- 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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