State trade fact sheets - South Dakota
- 27 Canadian-owned businesses employ 2,614 workers in South Dakota
- Canada is the #1 customer for most states,
including South Dakota
- Over 76% of U.S. imports from Canada are goods that are used in the production of other goods
- South Dakota sells more goods to Canada than to its next three largest foreign markets combined â€”
Increasing Farming Efficiency with Deveron
Over 1 billion acres across the U.S. and Canada are farmed annually, and farmers have long known that soil health is a key success factor in agriculture. Deveron, an agricultural technology company, helps North American farmers make data-enabled decisions to increase yield and improve their soil health. Deveron maintains a U.S. headquarters and employs regionally and rurally-based technicians to collect many different layers of precision agriculture data — ranging from soil, tissue samples, drone imagery, weather stations, and farm-level internet-enabled devices — from farms and fields across the U.S. South, Midwest, and Midlands, including in South Dakota. Expert agronomists and data scientists at Deveron’s office in Chatham-Kent, Ontario leverage this data to recommend ways for farmers to manage fertilizer, seed, fungicide and other farm inputs. With thousands of fields worth of data, Deveron’s unbiased analysis helps farmers increase crop yields and reduce input costs.
Feeding Fish in Novel Ways
Prairie AquaTech has invested nearly $100 million in product development, testing, and construction of a 30,000-ton per year protein ingredient production facility in Brookings, South Dakota. The company produces high-quality, digestible plant-based protein ingredients from oilseed crops of both U.S. and Canadian origin. These products help extend the use of traditional marine-derived protein ingredients, such as fishmeal, which are in increasingly short supply, and they help reduce phosphorus discharge, which will improve the quality of shared North American waters. Prairie AquaTech’s research and development bring significant benefits to both crop and aquaculture farmers in Canada and across North America.
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.
South Dakota exports $524 million in goods to Canada annually
South Dakota exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 47%
- Equipment & machinery: 22%
- Minerals & metals: 3%
- Plastics & rubbers: 6%
- Transportation: 15%
- Other: 7%
South Dakota imports $428 million in goods from Canada annually
South Dakota imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 17%
- Chemicals: 11%
- Equipment & machinery: 21%
- Forest products: 14%
- Minerals & metals: 13%
- Plastics & rubbers: 6%
- Transportation: 8%
- Other: 10%
Top South Dakota goods exports to Canada
- Animal feed & food industry residues: $116 million
- Beverages & alcohol: $63 million
- Animal meats: $41 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $30 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $24 million
- Compressors & pumps: $18 million
- Hoists, derricks & lifting equipment: $12 million
- Animal or vegetable fats, oils & waxes: $10 million
- Agricultural machinery: $10 million
- Fuel oil: $10 million
Top South Dakota goods imports from Canada
- Fertilizers: $40 million
- Live animals: $40 million
- Softwood lumber: $36 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $26 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $24 million
- Agricultural machinery: $22 million
- Aluminum & aluminum articles: $21 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $14 million
- Trucks: $13 million
- Hoists, derricks & lifting equipment: $13 million
South Dakota exports $161 million in services to Canada annually
Top South Dakota services exports to Canada
- Financial Services: $84 million
- Travel Services: $40 million
- Transportation Services: $15 million
- Royalties: $6 million
- Insurance Services: $5 million
For more information on South 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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