International trade

With abundant natural resources, a growing economy and a strong presence in key markets, Alberta is positioned to succeed. 

2014 in review

  • In 2014, Alberta exported $121.4 billion in commodities to 194 countries, representing an increase of 17.9% from 2013.
  • Alberta’s increase in exports in 2014 can be attributed mostly to higher crude volumes and a jump in natural gas prices.
  • Alberta also exports an increasing amount and variety of manufactured products such as petrochemicals, food products, and metals and machinery.
  • After declining sharply during the 2008 recession, manufacturing exports have recovered strongly since then, increasing by 35 per cent between 2009 and 2014.

Alberta’s top export industries were:

  • Energy
  • Oilseed and grain farming
  • Chemicals and plastics
  • Manufacturing

Alberta goods were imported by 195 countries. The top five export markets (in order) were:

  • United States
  • China
  • Japan
  • European Union
  • Mexico

Find information about Alberta’s major commodities, exports by industry and exports by country in the most recent edition of Alberta’s International Exports: Early 2012

To explore trade opportunities with Alberta companies, please contact Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations.