State trade fact sheets - Utah
- 77 Canadian-owned businesses employ 2,473 workers in Utah
- 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 Utah than it sells to Belgium
Virtual Presence, Real Connections
Due to coronavirus restrictions, trade missions looked a little different in 2020 than in years past. One notable success was a virtual trade mission organised by the Utah World Trade Center Canada and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. The program was comprised of speakers from the Canadian cities of Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver, and the full-day trade mission included panels of industry experts from the following sectors: healthcare, technology and entrepreneurship, advanced manufacturing, and global supply chains. Close to 150 Utahns attended the event, with the sessions designed to provide the audience with a unique opportunity to explore areas of mutual interest, to identify synergies between Utah and Canada and develop stronger business relationships in the future.
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.
A Deeper Dive into Trade
A microcosm of the broader United States–Canada relationship, Canada and Utah “build things together” thanks to a dynamic trading relationship in metals, luxury items and infrastructure products. Canadian firms with operations in Utah — such as Rocky Mountain Fabrication (300 Utah employees) and construction firm Stantec (65 employees) — rely upon this reciprocal trade to stimulate local growth and keep the Utah economy strong.
Utah exports $1.5 billion in goods to Canada annually
Utah exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 8%
- Chemicals: 15%
- Equipment & machinery: 20%
- Minerals & metals: 29%
- Plastics & rubbers: 4%
- Transportation: 13%
- Other: 11%
Utah imports $2.2 billion in goods from Canada annually
Utah imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 18%
- Chemicals: 5%
- Equipment & machinery: 11%
- Forest products: 11%
- Minerals & metals: 8%
- Plastics & rubbers: 4%
- Transportation: 6%
- Other: 37%
Top Utah goods exports to Canada
- Pearls, gems, precious metals & jewelry: $272 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $112 million
- Perfumes, essential oils & toiletries: $86 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $82 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $50 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $47 million
- Furniture & bedding: $46 million
- Explosives & pyrotechnics: $45 million
- Aircraft & parts: $40 million
- Other base metals & articles: $36 million
Top Utah goods imports from Canada
- Live animals: $170 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $141 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $81 million
- Pearls, gems, precious metals & jewelry: $74 million
- Aircraft & parts: $65 million
- Softwood lumber: $56 million
- Pasta, breads & cereal preparations: $51 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $44 million
- Organic chemicals: $44 million
- Aluminum & aluminum articles: $37 million
Utah exports $623 million in services to Canada annually
Top Utah services exports to Canada
- Financial Services: $137 million
- Travel Services: $134 million
- Business & Professional Services: $100 million
- Transportation Services: $81 million
- Royalties: $80 million
For more information on Utahâ€™s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Denver.
- 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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