State trade fact sheets - North Dakota
- 81 Canadian-owned businesses employ 4,423 workers in North Dakota
- Canada is the #1 customer for most states,
including North Dakota
- 76% of Canadian exports to the U.S. are raw materials, parts, and components used to create other goods in the United States
- North Dakota sells more goods to Canada than to all other countries combined
The Living Laboratories Initiative is a new approach to agricultural innovation in Canada that brings together farmers, scientists, and other collaborators to co-develop and test innovative, sustainable practices and technologies. As part of this initiative, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is partnering with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Long Term Agroecosystem Research Network to research the resilience of agroecosystems and the benefits of implementing new agricultural innovations. This collaboration is taking place across the United States and Canada, including between the USDA’s Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in North Dakota and AAFC’s research centres in Manitoba. Researchers from North Dakota and Manitoba have established a formal joint task force to collaborate and explore opportunities to strengthen agroecosystem research partnerships with local Indigenous groups in both countries.
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 U.S. 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.
Our Common Goals
The Canada–U.S. relationship is deeply rooted in our shared values, history and vision for the future. At the top of our priority list is ending the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad by strengthening efforts to control the pandemic, collaborating on public health responses, and building resilience against future outbreaks. We are working closely together to defeat the virus by responding to new variants, following expert advice, and supporting global access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Along with combating COVID-19, we are committed to building back better, accelerating climate ambitions, advancing diversity and inclusion, bolstering security and defense, and building global alliances. Canada and the U.S. will continue to work together on these shared goals in the years to come.
North Dakota exports $4.0 billion in goods to Canada annually
North Dakota exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 16%
- Chemicals: 6%
- Energy: 63%
- Equipment & machinery: 10%
- Transportation: 3%
- Other: 2%
North Dakota imports $2.2 billion in goods from Canada annually
North Dakota imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 20%
- Chemicals: 14%
- Energy: 9%
- Equipment & machinery: 21%
- Forest products: 4%
- Minerals & metals: 8%
- Transportation: 9%
- Other: 15%
Top North Dakota goods exports to Canada
- Fuel oil: $1.7 billion
- Crude petroleum: $694 million
- Cereals: $158 million
- Beverages & alcohol: $132 million
- Oil seeds: $126 million
- Organic chemicals: $97 million
- Natural gas & other gases: $88 million
- Agricultural machinery: $85 million
- Animal feed & food industry residues: $59 million
- Vegetables: $50 million
Top North Dakota goods imports from Canada
- Oil seeds: $196 million
- Fertilizers: $159 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $99 million
- Agricultural machinery: $99 million
- Inorganic chemicals: $81 million
- Compressors & pumps: $79 million
- Crude petroleum: $76 million
- Cereals: $74 million
- Vegetables: $73 million
- Natural gas & other gases: $56 million
North Dakota exports $264 million in services to Canada annually
Top North Dakota services exports to Canada
- Transport: $202 million
- Business services: $27 million
- Financial services: $13 million
- Charges for the use of intellectual property: $10 million
- Travel (including for eduction): $5 million
Connect to our team
For more information on North Dakota’s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Minneapolis.
- 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).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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