The composition of Canada's imports from Asia is essentially similar to Canada’s imports from the rest of the world, concentrated in the automotive and electronics sectors. Our exports to Asia feature a higher degree of concentration, and they are more heavily commodity-based, than are our exports to the rest of the world. Coal, oils, metals and wood and woodpulp items dominate, followed by agriculture products.
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|Canada’s Merchandise Trade with Asia, 2017|
|Canadian Imports from Asia||Canadian Exports to Asia|
|Merchandise Classification||%||Merchandise Classification||%|
|1||Electrical machinery and equipment||21.37||Oil seeds and misc. fruit, grain, etc.||11.40|
|2||Boilers, mechanical appliances, etc.||17.24||Mineral fuels, oils||9.95|
|3||Motor vehicles, trailers, bicycles, motorcycles||9.68||Woodpulp; paper or paperboard scraps||9.59|
|4||Furniture and stuffed furnishings||4.06||Ores, slag and ash||7.71|
|5||Knitted or crocheted apparel||3.99||Wood and wood articles, charcoal||6.15|
|6||Woven clothing and apparel articles||3.49||Cereals||4.86|
|7||Iron or steel articles||3.17||Meat and edible meat offal||4.82|
|8||Toys, games, sports equipment||3.05||Boilers, mechanical appliances, etc.||4.22|
|9||Plastic and plastic articles||2.91||Fish, crustaceans, molluscs||3.25|
|10||Optical, medical, scientific, technical instrumentation||2.77||Edible vegetables, roots and tubers||3.10|
|Top 10 as % of total from Asia||71.73||Top 10 as % of total to Asia||65.04|
|Asian imports as % of Cdn total||16.48||Asian exports as % of Cdn total||7.41|
Source: Trade Data Online. Industry Canada. February 21, 2018. http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/tdo-dcd.nsf/eng/Home
Reproduced with the permission of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada.
1.The table above is based on Harmonised System (HS) codes at the 2-digit level. To learn more about the HS Code system, go to https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/tdo-dcd.nsf/eng/h_00079.html.
2. For the purposes of this table, Asia is defined as: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.