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General Overview

Population:

313,232,044 (July 2011 est.)

GDP (purchasing power parity):

US $14.72 trillion (2010 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP):

GDP per capita (PPP):

GDP (real growth rate):

2.7% (2010 est.)

Industries:

  • Petroleum
  • Steel
  • Motor vehicles
  • Aerospace
  • Telecommunications
  • Chemical
  • Electronics
  • Food processing
  • Consumer goods
  • Lumber
  • Mining

Imports:

US $1.903 trillion (2010 est.)

Import commodities:

  • Agricultural products
  • Industrial supplies (crude oil)
  • Capital goods (computers, telecommunications equipment, motor vehicle parts, office machines, electric power machinery)
  • Consumer goods (automobiles, clothing, medicines, furniture, toys)

Exports:

US $1.27 trillion (2010 est.)

Export commodities:

  • Agricultural products (soybeans, fruit, corn)
  • Industrial supplies (organic chemicals)
  • Capital goods (transistors, aircraft, motor vehicle parts, computers, telecommunications equipment)
  • Consumer goods (automobiles, medicines)

Alberta's exports to U.S.A.:

CAN $67,403.7 million (2010)

Alberta's main exports to U.S.A.:

  • Petroleum oils
  • Natural gas
  • Liquefied petroleum or hydrocarbon gases
  • Polymers of ethylene
  • Polyethylene
  • Beef
  • Ammonia
  • Urea
  • Live bovine
  • Styrene
  • Wood pulp
  • Parts of boring or sinking machinery
  • Sulphur
  • Saturated acyclic hydrocarbons
  • Lumber
  • Ethylene glycol
  • Wheat
  • Line pipe

Canada's main exports to U.S.A.:

  • Petroleum oils
  • Natural gas
  • Motor vehicles
  • Petroleum oils
  • Electrical energy
  • Lumber
  • Medicaments
  • Aluminum

Information about the United State of America (U.S.)

CIA World Factbook
Detailed information about the economy, political system and history in the U.S.

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-USA. relations

The effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) have effectively reduced trade barriers, eliminated tariffs and enabled trade to flourish.

World Relations
A summary of Alberta's relationship with U.S.A.

Sector opportunities for Alberta businesses interested in exporting their products

  • Aerospace and aviation: Alberta is highly regarded for its capabilities in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sector. Alberta companies have expertise in various facets of unmanned vehicle systems development with particularly strong capabilities in control systems, wireless communications, global positioning systems, and systems integration that can activated in wide ranging applications. With world-class test and evaluation capabilities, plus academic, research and development facilities, Alberta's aerospace industry is well positioned to build market presence in the U.S.

  • Agrifood: The U.S. is a high-priority market in value added segments such as beef, pork and processed foods.

  • Architecture, engineering and construction: The U.S. is a high-priority export market. Alberta companies are very competitive in fabrication, infrastructure products, architecture engineering and construction projects, particularly in states such as Texas where industry needs and business practices are similar to Alberta's.

  • Building products: The American western states are a high-priority market for Alberta companies due to continued high demand, strong product fit and ease of service.

  • Environmental products and services: Given Alberta's expertise in soil remediation, waste management and water treatment, environmental products and servicse firms are able to seize niche opportunities in the U.S.

  • Health and bio-industries: There is rapidly increasing demand for home-care facilities and services and assistive devices. A number of biotech companies are currently ripe for partnering, merger or takeover and the pharmaceutical companies require a stable pipeline for research and manufacturing of drugs (clinical trials). Outbreaks like HIV, SARS, West Nile virus and H1N1 offer opportunities in vaccination, treatment, preventive medication, and protective devices. In these areas, genomics may offer rapid diagnosis. Healthcare products and services (such as distance monitoring through telehealth) will provide independence for an aging population.

  • Industrial machinery and equipment: Operations in Houston, Texas serve as the purchasing arm of international companies and may also act as key trans-shipment points.

  • Information communication technologies (ICTs): Priority market opportunities in the U.S. include cellular and Wi-Fi, health and wellness, security, wireless nanotech, VoIP, RFID, 3G wireless applications, second generation mobile data services and M-Commerce.

  • Petrochemical and refined products: The key petrochemicals for the U.S. are gasoline, polyethylene, propylene, styrene monomer, ethylene dichloride and ethylene glycol.

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 U.S.