Canada's Merchandise Trade with Asia Pacific

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 Pacific, 2016
 Canadian Imports from Asia PacificCanadian Exports to Asia Pacific
 Merchandise Classification%Merchandise Classification%
1Electrical machinery and equipment21.42Oil seeds and misc. fruit, grain, etc.10.21
2Boilers, mechanical appliances, etc.17.63Woodpulp; paper or paperboard scraps10.17
3Motor vehicles, trailers, bicycles, motorcycles9.65Ores, slag and ash8.65
4Knitted or crocheted apparel4.19Wood and wood articles, charcoal7.05
5Furniture and stuffed furnishings3.85Cereals7.01
6Woven clothing and apparel articles3.78Mineral fuels, oils6.70
7Iron or steel articles3.49Pearls, precious stones or metals4.80
8Toys, games, sports equipment3.31Boilers, mechanical appliances, etc.4.31
9Plastic and plastic articles2.73Edible vegetables, roots and tubers3.78
10Optical, medical, scientific, technical instrumentation2.71Fertilizers3.32
 Top 10 as % of total from Asia72.76Top 10 as % of total to Asia64.19
 Asian imports as % of Cdn total15.97Asian exports as % of Cdn total7.03

Source: Trade Data Online. Industry Canada.  March 3, 2017.
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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