Learn more about Niagara’s trade & investment activity

As one of North America’s most important economic trade corridors and a designated Foreign Trade Zone, there’s no shortage of information when it comes to Niagara’s trade activity. In this section you’ll find helpful data that captures recent investment activity within Niagara. View a map of Foreign Direct Investment in Niagara.

 

Export Destinations

$3.9 billion in exports to North America in 2016

$70 million in exports to Europe in 2016

$70 million in exports to Asia in 2016

$25 million in exports to Central and South America in 2016

Total Export Companies

613 exporters to the following destinations:
North America 549
Europe 116
Asia 99
Central/South America 56
Oceania/Antarctica 34
Africa 20
Source Statistics Canada, CANSIM 381-0036, 228-0077, 228-0078, 228-oo79, 379-0030

Exports by Value

1,300% value of transportation/logistics export growth 2011 to 2016

130% value of agriculture export growth 2011 to 2016

40% value of wholesale export growth 2011 to 2016

14% growth in exports between 2011 and 2016

11% value of manufacturing export growth 2011 to 2016

$4.1billion total exports

$500 million increase in exports between 2011 and 2016

$3.7 billion manufacturing exports

$200million wholesale trade exports

$110 million agricultural / forestry / fishing / hunting exports

$20 million transportation/warehousing exports

$15 million construction exports

$10 million admin support/waste mgmt/remediation exports

$10 million retail trade exports

$5 million real estate rental/leasing exports

$5 million arts / entertainment / recreation exports

$5 million other services (except public admin) exports

$5 million professional / scientific / technical services exports

Border crossing by mode and volume

Mode Niagara Total US/Canada Niagara’s % of Total Trade
Trucks 956,491 5,877,938 16.27
Loaded Trucks 584,785 4,760,317 12.28
Empty Trucks 182,588 1,175,217 15.54
Trains 2,284 29,486 7.75
Loaded Train Containers 62,042 1,565,927 3.96
Empty Train Containers 28,554 634,506 4.50
Train Passengers 20,756 287,188 7.23
Buses 18,100 88,234 20.51
Bus Passengers 500,935 1,939,294 25.83
Personal Vehicles 4,791,851 27,319,904 17.54
Vehicle Passengers 10,246,670 49,812,247 20.57
Pedestrians  340,674 446,509 76.30
Source US Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Border Crossing Data, 2017

Value of Total US/Canada Trade Passing through Niagara, 2015

Niagara US/Canada % of Total
Total Trade Value 100 billion 707 billion 14.12%
Imports to Canada 54 billion 346 billion 15.67%
Exports to US 46 billion 361 billion 12.63%
Source US Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Transborder Freight Data, 2017

Welland Canal Percent of Total St. Lawerence Seaway Freight Volume (Tonnes), 2015

Welland Canal Seaway Total WC % of Total
Agricultural Products 9.7 million 10.9 million 89.5%
Mine Products 12.2 million 15.9 million 77.1%
Processed Products (iron, steel, chemical) 6.3 million 9.5 million 66%
Total 28.2 million 36.2 million 78%
Source St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp., 2015 - Rounded

Export Trade to GDP Ratio

26.5% export trade to GDP ratio (2016)

Export Companies by Sector

Export Companies by Sector

Manufacturing 245
Wholesale trade 120
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 80
Retail trade 45
Transportation and warehousing 20
Construction 20
Professional, scientific and technical services 15
Other services 15
Real estate, rental and leasing 15
Admin support, waste management, remediation 10
Arts, entertainment and recreation 10
Total 613 (33 new exporters, 6% growth since 2011)
Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM 381-0036, 228-0077, 228-0078, 228-0079, 379-0030 Canada Business Patterns, Dec. 2011, Dec. 2016) - Rounded

Job Support by Export

Jobs supported by export trade, by sector

Manufacturing 6,950
Wholesale trade 1,830
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 815
Retail trade 760
Real estate, rental and leasing 475
Arts, entertainment and recreation 470
Transportation and warehousing 330
Admin support, waste management, remediation 265
Construction 240
Professional, scientific and technical services 200
Other services (except public admin) 130
Total 12,455
Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM 381-0036, 228-0077, 228-0078, 228-0079, 379-0030 Canada Business Patterns, Dec. 2011, Dec. 2016) - Rounded

Job Growth Supported by export trade, by sector

 Manufacturing  200
Real estate, rental and leasing 350
Retail trade 275
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 220
Wholesale trade 185
Arts, entertainment and recreation 180
Transportation and warehousing 90
 COnstruction 70
Admin supportm waste management, remediation 50
Professional, scientific and technical services 25
Other services 10
Total 1,480 (13.5% growth 2011-2016)
Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM 381-0036, 228-0077, 228-0078, 228-0079, 379-0030 Canada Business Patterns, Dec. 2011, Dec. 2016

Exports by Commodity

Top 20 export commodity type by number of export companies

Machinery, boilers, mechanical appliances, engines, and parts 175
Plastics and articles thereof 115
Articles of iron and steel 100
Electrical machinery, equipment and parts thereof 90
Furniture, bedding, mattresses, cushions, lamps, lighting, prefabricated building 85
Live trees, plants, bulbs, roots, cut flowers and ornamental foliage 74
Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, precision and medical instruments 60
Vehicles, parts and accessories thereof 60
Beverages, spirits and vinegar 45
Aluminum and articles thereof 40
Rubber and articles thereof 40
Special classification provisions 40
Paper and paperboard and articles thereof 25
Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks of base metal 25
Iron and steel 25
Printed books, newspapers, pictures, production printing 20
Wood and articles of wood and wood charcoal 20
Miscellaneous articles of base metal 20
Toys, games and sports requisites, parts and accessories thereof 20
Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 15
Source Statistics Canada, CANSIM 381-0036, 228-0077, 228-0078, 228-0079, 379-0030 Canada Business Patterns, Dec. 2016

Top 20 export commodity type by export value

Machinery, boilers, mechanical appliances, engines, and parts $1.6 billion
Nickel and articles thereof $660 million
Vehicles, parts and accessories thereof $255 million
Plastics and articles thereof $255 million
Organic chemicals $180 million
Live trees, plants, bulbs, roots, cut flowers and ornamental foliage $150 million
Iron and steel $100 million
Furniture, bedding, mattresses, cushions, lamps, lighting, prefabricated Building $100 million
Miscellaneous chemical products $100 million
Preparations of cereal, flour, starch or milk pastry cooks’ products $95 million
Paper and paperboard and articles thereof $70 million
Electrical machinery, equipment and parts thereof $55 million
Tanning or dyeing extracts, tannins, dyes, pigments, other colouring matter, paints, varnishes $50 million
Articles of iron and steel $45 million
Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof $40 million
Inorganic chemicals, compounds of precious metals, rare earth metals of radioactive elements or isotope $35 million
Copper and articles thereof $30 million
Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, precision and medical instruments $30 million
Beverages, spirits and vinegar $25 million
Aluminum and articles thereof $25 million
Source:  Statistics Canada, CANSIM 381-0036, 228-0077, 228-0078, 228-0079, 379-0030 Canada Business Patterns, Dec. 2016

Top 10 Commodities Traded through Niagara Borders, between US and Canada

Value (billions) Percent of Total
Vehicles, parts and accessories $24.7 23.8%
Nuclear reactor,  boilers, machinery appliances and parts $11.7 13.8%
Mineral fuels, mineral oils, bituminous substances and mineral waxes $8.3 6.7%
Electrical machinery, equipment and parts $6.7 15.4%
Plastics $4.7 15%
Pharmaceutical products $3.7 30.3%
Pearls, precious or semiprecious stones and precious metals $2.9 22%
Paper and paperboard, paper pulp and paperboard $2.6 17.1%
Iron and steel $2.1 17.6%
Aircraft, spacecraft and parts $2.1 9.6%
Source US Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Transborder Freight Data, 2017 - Rounded