Canada's Merchandise Trade with Asia

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 AsiaCanadian Exports to Asia
 Merchandise Classification%Merchandise Classification%
1Electrical machinery and equipment21.37Oil seeds and misc. fruit, grain, etc.11.40
2Boilers, mechanical appliances, etc.17.24Mineral fuels, oils9.95
3Motor vehicles, trailers, bicycles, motorcycles9.68Woodpulp; paper or paperboard scraps9.59
4Furniture and stuffed furnishings4.06Ores, slag and ash7.71
5Knitted or crocheted apparel3.99Wood and wood articles, charcoal6.15
6Woven clothing and apparel articles3.49Cereals4.86
7Iron or steel articles3.17Meat and edible meat offal4.82
8Toys, games, sports equipment3.05Boilers, mechanical appliances, etc.4.22
9Plastic and plastic articles2.91Fish, crustaceans, molluscs3.25
10Optical, medical, scientific, technical instrumentation2.77Edible vegetables, roots and tubers3.10
 Top 10 as % of total from Asia71.73Top 10 as % of total to Asia65.04
 Asian imports as % of Cdn total16.48Asian exports as % of Cdn total7.41

Source: Trade Data Online. Industry Canada.  February 21, 2018.
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

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.

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