What Does Canada Import From Other Countries?

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Canada's largest imports include machinery, motor vehicles, crude oil, electricity and consumer goods. According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Canada imported goods and commodities worth $471 billion in 2013, making it the 11th biggest importer in the world that year.

Canada's largest trading partner is the United States, which accounts for roughly half of the country's trade (both import and export). Several agreements have helped increase trade between the two countries, notably the 1989 US-Canada Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which also includes Mexico.

According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, out of total exports worth $300 billion in 2013, the top exports to Canada were vehicles, oil and natural gas, machinery, electrical machinery and plastic, totally worth $161.5 billion. In addition, Canada imported agricultural products including prepared food, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and beverages worth over $20 billion.

In the same year, Canada exported goods worth $332 billion to the United States, a country that imports about 75 percent of Canadian merchandise every year. Energy makes up the majority of Canada's exports to the United States, and the country is the largest foreign supplier of oil, gas, uranium and electric power to the United States.