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General Overview


23,071,779 (July 2011 est.)

GDP (purchasing power parity):

US $823.6 billion (2010 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP):

US $35,800 (2010 est.)

GDP (real growth rate):

10.5% (2010 est.)


  • Electronics
  • Petroleum refining
  • Armaments
  • Chemicals
  • Textiles
  • Iron and steel
  • Machinery
  • Cement
  • Food processing
  • Vehicles
  • Consumer products
  • Pharmaceuticals


US $251.4 billion (2010 est.)

Import commodities:

  • Electronics
  • Machinery
  • Petroleum
  • Precision instruments
  • Organic chemicals
  • Metals


US $274.6 billion (2010 est.)

Export commodities:

  • Electronics
  • Flat panels
  • Machinery
  • Metals
  • Textiles
  • Plastics
  • Chemicals
  • Auto parts

Alberta's exports to Taiwan:

CAN $143.4 million (2010)

Alberta's main exports to Taiwan:

  • Polymers of ethylene
  • Cobalt
  • Hides and skins
  • Wood pulp
  • Nickel
  • Polyethylene
  • Ethylene glycol
  • Canola
  • Beef
  • Potatoes
  • Distilling or rectifying plant
  • Iron or steel scrap
  • Carbon
  • Telecom parts
  • Pork
  • Swedes, mangolds, fodder roots, hay, pellets

Canada's main exports to Taiwan:

  • Coal
  • Nickel
  • Wood pulp
  • Newsprint
  • Iron
  • Lumber
  • Potassium chloride

Information about Taiwan

CIA World Factbook
Detailed information about Taiwan's economy, political system and history.

BBC News Taiwan Profile
Country profile of Taiwan.

Export statistics

Alberta's International Trade Review
An analysis of Alberta's international exports of goods and services. Published by Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations.

Trade Data Online
Customized reports on Canada's trade with over 200 countries.

Alberta-Taiwan relations

Alberta has maintained a presence in Taipei since 1988. The Alberta Office is co-located with the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei.

World Relations
A summary of Alberta's relationship with Taiwan.

Sector opportunities for Alberta businesses interested in exporting their products

  • Agrifood: The food-processing sector is a competitive part of the economy and the sector has been developing in recent years. The government is looking to increase competitiveness of its agrifood and agriculture sector by developing value-added products, cash crops and diversifying of export markets.

  • Education and training: Due to rising family incomes, the number of students pursuing study abroad on a self-financed basis has increased in recent years. Alberta educational marketing efforts in Taiwan include participation in the annual Canadian Education Fair and promotion of Alberta's world-class ESL programs. A number of Alberta post-secondary institutions have links with Taiwan, such as the twinning relationship between Olds College and Ping Tung University.

  • Health and bio-industries: There is strong support from the Taiwanese government for biotech development and opportunities for joint ventures, partnerships as well as medical devices, pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical intermediates.

  • Information communication technologies (ICT): Taiwan's government has partnered with the private sector to increase the competitiveness of its ICT sector by improving the broadband/wireless/mobile infrastructure. As a result of many Taiwanese using short message service (SMS), Taiwanese ICT companies are moving to diversify their services by promoting multimedia mobile internet services such as Java games and transmission of handset camera pictures.

Services for exporters

Canada Business
Online tool for new and experienced exporters.

The Canadian Commercial Corporation
Crown corporation that promotes and facilitates international trade on behalf of Canadian industry.

Export Alert!
A resource for exporters to learn about changes in foreign export regulations.

Export resources
Resources for both new and experienced exporters.

International Trade Canada
Sector reports as well as a list of staff contacts that can assist exporters.

Services in Taiwan