State trade fact sheets - Vermont
- Canada is Vermont’s #1 customer
- 1 million Canadian travelers spent $122 million in Vermont in 2017
- 60 Canadian-owned businesses employ 2,703 workers in Vermont
- Vermont sells more goods to Canada than to its next six largest foreign markets combined
- Canada sells more to Vermont than it sells to France
North America’s Largest Manufacturer of Tailored Clothing is One of VT’s Largest Employers
Montréal-based Peerless Clothing International, the largest manufacturer and distributor of tailored clothing in North America, recently expanded its St. Alban's, VT distribution and warehouse center. This 1,000,000 sq ft, state of the art distribution facility is linked to the Montreal manufacturing facility by its fully integrated computer system. With leading technology and the industry's most advanced electronic data interchange facility, Peerless is able to service all of its customers' orders within a 24 to 48 hour time period. The company now employs about 300, making it one of northwest Vermont's five largest employers.
Montréal Solar Company Opens Vermont Office
In September 2019, iSun Energy announced a partnership with Northern Reliability, Inc. of Watertown, VT to combine their advanced solar power canopies with NRI's battery systems, leading to the opening of an office in Burlington, VT in December 2019. The 9-year-old company chose Burlington because Vermont promotes renewable energy and is friendly to electric vehicle policies. iSun Energy is on a mission to create clean energy and mobility, through the delivery of smart, connected, resilient and attractive solar power shading structures. As the company's canopies are assembled in Canada using U.S.-made solar panels, iSun is an excellent example of the cross-border supply chain.
Canada & Vermont Work Together to Produce Maple Syrup
Since July 2017, Vancouver-based Rogers Sugar Inc., one of Canada's leading food companies, has been the parent company of Websterville, VT based Highland Sugarworks. Highland holds a valuable foothold of production and distribution of branded and private label all-natural maple syrup products to retail and wholesale markets throughout the U.S., operates out of a 37,600 square foot facility and employs 24 people. Highland's previous owner, L.B. Maple Treat Corporation, is from Québec, thus continuing a trend in Canadian ownership.
Vermont exports $1.2 billion in goods to Canada annually
Vermont exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 9%
- Equipment & machinery: 67%
- Forest products: 10%
- Minerals & metals: 4%
- Transportation: 4%
- Other: 6%
Vermont imports $2.7 billion in goods from Canada annually
Vermont imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 16%
- Energy: 31%
- Equipment & machinery: 35%
- Forest products: 4%
- Minerals & metals: 3%
- Other: 11%
Top Vermont goods exports to Canada
- Paper & paperboard: $75 million
- Aircraft & parts: $43 million
- Cocoa & chocolate: $41 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $24 million
- Pasta, breads & cereal preparations: $21 million
- Dairy products, eggs & honey: $19 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $19 million
- Salt, sulfur, earth & stone, lime & cement: $16 million
- Softwood lumber: $14 million
- Fiber & woven goods: $12 million
Top Vermont goods imports from Canada
- Electricity: $456 million
- Fuel oil: $279 million
- Cocoa & chocolate: $207 million
- Natural gas & other gases: $94 million
- Softwood lumber: $53 million
- Animal feed & food industry residues: $46 million
- Sugars: $43 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $40 million
- Cereals: $35 million
- Paper & paperboard: $33 million
Vermont exports $139 million in services to Canada annually
Top Vermont services exports to Canada
- Transportation services: $51 million
- Travel services: $50 million
- Business & professional services: $17 million
- Royalties: $8 million
- Tech services: $6 million
For more information on Vermont’s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Boston.
- Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2019 data in U.S. dollars.
- U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canada’s export ranking (2/2020 release).
- The Trade Partnership: 2018 services exports (estimated, 2/2020 release).
- Statistics Canada: 2017 tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (8/2019 release, US$1.00=C$1.2986).
- Dun + Bradstreet: Canadian-owned businesses (12/2019 release).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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