State trade fact sheets - Tennessee
- 119 Canadian-owned businesses employ 13,716 workers in Tennessee
- 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
- Canada sells more to Tennessee than it sells to the UK
CN Invests in Rail Infrastructure
Canadian National Railway Company recently invested about $30 million across Tennessee, by way of yard upgrades, replacement of rail and ties, and maintenance of bridges, level crossings, culverts and signal systems. These investments will create greater capacity, thus reducing emissions, traffic congestion, accidents, and burdens on public transportation infrastructure as one freight train can replace over 300 trucks from roads. The company transports nearly $200 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America.
Donuts to Dollars
Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC is a subsidiary of Toronto, Ontario-based Weston Foods. Weston Foods — Canada’s largest fresh and frozen baking company — is a leader in the North American baking industry, producing breads, rolls, donuts, cakes, pies, bagels, tortillas, cookies, crackers and more. The firm operates a facility in Lebanon, Tennessee that is used to manufacture, warehouse and distribute donuts. Maplehurst recently embarked on a $53 million expansion of the Wilson County facility, creating 90 new jobs, including production, warehouse, quality and maintenance positions. Weston Foods also seeks to connect with the communities in which it operates; in Lebanon, the plant’s employees raised funds through monetary contributions, bake and pizza sales to donate $12,000 to a local charitable organization.
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.
Tennessee exports $5.8 billion in goods to Canada annually
Tennessee exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 4%
- Chemicals: 7%
- Equipment & machinery: 38%
- Forest products: 3%
- Minerals & metals: 8%
- Plastics & rubbers: 6%
- Transportation: 29%
- Other: 5%
Tennessee imports $5.5 billion in goods from Canada annually
Tennessee imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 7%
- Chemicals: 41%
- Equipment & machinery: 15%
- Forest products: 8%
- Minerals & metals: 11%
- Plastics & rubbers: 8%
- Transportation: 4%
- Other: 6%
Top Tennessee goods exports to Canada
- Automobiles: $1.2 billion
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $361 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $269 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $217 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $191 million
- Computers: $157 million
- Heating, cooling & refrigeration equipment: $152 million
- Engines & turbines: $140 million
- Pasta, breads & cereal preparations: $139 million
- Telephones & AV recording equipment: $131 million
Top Tennessee goods imports from Canada
- Pharmaceutical products: $1.9 billion
- Plastics & plastic articles: $289 million
- Aluminum & aluminum articles: $237 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $227 million
- Softwood lumber: $213 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $126 million
- Rubber & rubber articles: $123 million
- Furniture & bedding: $104 million
- Paper & paperboard: $103 million
- Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $85 million
Tennessee exports $860 million in services to Canada annually
Top Tennessee services exports to Canada
- Travel Services: $399 million
- Business & Professional Services: $171 million
- Royalties: $86 million
- Transportation Services: $67 million
- Financial Services: $35 million
For more information on Tennesseeâ€™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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