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

$4.1 billion in exports to North America in 2017

$72.3 million in exports to Europe in 2017

$88.8 million in exports to Asia in 2017

$24.1 million in exports to Central and South America in 2017

Total Export Companies

609 exporters to the following destinations in 2017:
North America 532
Europe 111
Asia 109
Central/South America 60
Oceania/Antarctica 46
Africa 24
Source: Statistics Canada, 2017

Exports by Value

$4.3 billion total exports

$702 million increase in exports between 2011 and 2017

$3.9 billion manufacturing exports

$219million wholesale trade exports

$108 million agricultural exports

$12 million transportation/warehousing exports

$27 million construction exports

$10 million admin support/waste management exports

$5 million retail trade exports

$4 million real estate exports

$4 million arts / entertainment / recreation exports

$9 million other services exports

$8 million professional / scientific / technical services exports

Border crossing by mode and volume

Mode Niagara Canada Niagara % of Total
Trucks 941,574 5,830,926 16%
Truck Containers Full 746,252 4,310,625 17%
Truck Containers Empty 211,299 1,638,277 13%
Trains 2,081 23,730 9%
Train Containers Full 94,591 1,840,464 5%
Train Containers Empty 33,917 755,431 4%
Train Passengers 19,342 289,317 7%
Buses 16,925 77,864 22%
Bus Passengers 467,767 1,795,768 26%
Personal Vehicles 4,972,344 26,904,776 18%
Personal Vehicle Passengers 10,676,497 51,460,865 21%
Pedestrians  358,652 486,290 74%
Source US Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2018

Value of Total US/Canada Trade Passing through Niagara, 2018

Niagara Canada/US % of Total
Import $36.3 billion $298.7 billion 12%
Export $34.7 billion $318.5 billion 11%
Total $70.9 billion $617.2 billion 11%
Source US Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2018

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, 2016

Exports by Commodity

Top 20 export commodity type by number of export companies, 2017

Machinery, boilers, mechanical appliances, engines, and parts 175
Plastics and articles thereof 105
Articles of iron and steel 90
Electrical machinery, equipment and parts thereof 81
Furniture, bedding, mattresses, cushions, lamps, lighting, prefabricated building 75
Live trees, plants, bulbs, roots, cut flowers and ornamental foliage 69
Beverages, spirits, vinegar 56
Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, precision and medical instruments 54
Vehicles, parts and accessories thereof 48
Aluminum and articles thereof 33
Rubber and articles thereof 30
Printed books, newspapers, magazines, pictures 30
Special classification provisions 29
Paper and paperboard and articles thereof 27
Wood products 24
Iron and steel 24
Miscellaneous articles of metal base 22
Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons, forks, parts 21
Textiles 19
Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 17
Source Statistics Canada, 2017

Top 20 export commodity type by export value

Machinery, boilers, mechanical appliances, engines, and parts $1.6 billion
Nickel and articles thereof $662.8 million
Plastics and articles thereof $268.7 million
Vehicles, parts and accessories thereof $219.2 million
Organic chemicals $192.1 million
Iron and steel $165.8 million
Live trees, plants, bulbs, roots, cut flowers and ornamental foliage $155.7 million
Inorganic chemicals $109.6 million
Preparations of cereal, flour, starch or milk pastry cooks’ products $107.0 million
Miscellaneous chemical products $103.8 million
Furniture, lamps and prefabricated buildings $92.7 million
Paper and paperboard $62.2 million
Tanning or dyeing extracts, tannins, dyes, pigments, other colouring matter, paints, varnishes $55.4 million
Electrical machinery, equipment and parts thereof $50.4 million
Articles of iron and steel $47.6 million
Copper $43.1 million
Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof $29.9 million
Aluminum $29.7 million
Beverages, spirits and vinegar $28.0 million
Wadding, felt and non-wovens $24.2 million
Source:  Statistics Canada, 2017

Top 10 Commodities Traded through Niagara Borders to USA

Value
Vehicles, parts and accessories $6.9 billion
Computer machinery, parts $4.6 billion
Electrical machinery, equipment and parts $2.3 billion
Plastics $2.1 billion
Pharmaceutical products $1.2 billion
Oils and resinoids $1.1 billion
Optical, measuring and testing instruments $1.1 billion
Paper and paperboard, paper pulp and paperboard $1.1 billion
Tobacco $1.0 billion
Articles of iron and steel $930.3 million
Source US Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2018