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  • Imports
    (May 2018)
    $51.1 billion
    1.7% increase
    (monthly change)
  • Exports
    (May 2018)
    $48.3 billion
    -0.1% decrease
    (monthly change)
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  • Table: 12-10-0089-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 228-8059)
    Description:

    This table contains 38500 series, with data for years 1988 - 2017 (not all combinations necessarily have data for all years). This table contains data described by the following dimensions (Not all combinations are available): Geography (1 item: Canada) Trade (2 items: Import; Export) Basis (2 items: Customs; Balance of payments) Seasonal adjustment (2 items: Unadjusted; Seasonally adjusted) North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) (139 items: Total of all merchandise; Farm, fishing and intermediate food products; Farm and fishing products; Live animals; ...) Release (35 items: January 5, 2018; December 5, 2017; November 3, 2017; October 5, 2017; ...).

    Release date: 2018-07-16

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X20181873612
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 65F0013X
    Description:

    The Canadian International Merchandise Trade (CIMT) online database offers detailed export and import trade data using the Harmonized System (HS) classification of goods (based on the 6-digit commodity level). Select a trading partner and specific variables (e.g., country, province, state, year, month, or frequency) or search by commodity or Harmonized System code.

    Use CIMT's multiple drop down menus to choose your variables and create your own customized data reports, generate data tables directly on screen for a quick review, or save reports as spreadsheets in CSV (comma-separated value) format for future manipulation.

    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 12-10-0001-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 228-0059)
    Geography: Canada
    Description: International merchandise trade data grouped by North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) section. Users have the option of selecting Imports and Exports. Data are unadjusted and seasonally adjusted, and are on a Customs and Balance of Payments basis.
    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 12-10-0002-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 228-0060)
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Description: International merchandise trade data grouped by province and territory. Users have the option of selecting Imports or Domestic Exports, as well as specifying either totals or any of the 12 sections of the North American Product Classification System (NAPCS). Data are on a Customs basis and not seasonally adjusted.
    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 12-10-0003-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 228-0061)
    Geography: Canada
    Description: International merchandise trade data grouped by North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) section. Users have the option of selecting Imports and Exports. Data are in constant dollars terms, calculated using a chained Fisher formula with 2007 as the base year, seasonally adjusted, and are on a Balance of Payments basis.
    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 12-10-0004-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 228-0062)
    Geography: Canada
    Description: International merchandise trade data grouped by North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) section. Users have the option of selecting Imports and Exports. Data are in constant dollar terms, calculated using a chained Fisher formula with 2007 as the base year, seasonally adjusted, and are on a Balance of Payments basis.
    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 12-10-0005-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 228-0091)
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    Canada and United States bilateral trade in goods data produced by Statistics Canada and the United States Census Bureau (customs basis) and the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis (balance of payments basis). Data are presented before and after adjustments made to standardize definitions. Quarterly data are available on Customs and on Balance of payments basis and are not seasonally adjusted.

    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 12-10-0006-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 228-0064)
    Geography: Canada
    Description: International merchandise trade price and volume indexes, grouped by North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) section. Users have the option of selecting Imports or Exports, and Paasche or Laspeyres price indexes, or Laspeyres volume indexes. Data are unadjusted and seasonally adjusted, and on a Customs and Balance of Payments basis.
    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 12-10-0006-02
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    International merchandise trade price and volume indexes, grouped by North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) section. Users have the option of selecting Imports or Exports, and Paasche or Laspeyres price indexes, or Laspeyres volume indexes. Data are unadjusted and seasonally adjusted, and on a Customs and Balance of Payments basis.

    Release date: 2018-07-06
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  • Table: 12-10-0089-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 228-8059)
    Description:

    This table contains 38500 series, with data for years 1988 - 2017 (not all combinations necessarily have data for all years). This table contains data described by the following dimensions (Not all combinations are available): Geography (1 item: Canada) Trade (2 items: Import; Export) Basis (2 items: Customs; Balance of payments) Seasonal adjustment (2 items: Unadjusted; Seasonally adjusted) North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) (139 items: Total of all merchandise; Farm, fishing and intermediate food products; Farm and fishing products; Live animals; ...) Release (35 items: January 5, 2018; December 5, 2017; November 3, 2017; October 5, 2017; ...).

    Release date: 2018-07-16

  • Table: 65F0013X
    Description:

    The Canadian International Merchandise Trade (CIMT) online database offers detailed export and import trade data using the Harmonized System (HS) classification of goods (based on the 6-digit commodity level). Select a trading partner and specific variables (e.g., country, province, state, year, month, or frequency) or search by commodity or Harmonized System code.

    Use CIMT's multiple drop down menus to choose your variables and create your own customized data reports, generate data tables directly on screen for a quick review, or save reports as spreadsheets in CSV (comma-separated value) format for future manipulation.

    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 12-10-0001-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 228-0059)
    Geography: Canada
    Description: International merchandise trade data grouped by North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) section. Users have the option of selecting Imports and Exports. Data are unadjusted and seasonally adjusted, and are on a Customs and Balance of Payments basis.
    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 12-10-0002-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 228-0060)
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Description: International merchandise trade data grouped by province and territory. Users have the option of selecting Imports or Domestic Exports, as well as specifying either totals or any of the 12 sections of the North American Product Classification System (NAPCS). Data are on a Customs basis and not seasonally adjusted.
    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 12-10-0003-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 228-0061)
    Geography: Canada
    Description: International merchandise trade data grouped by North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) section. Users have the option of selecting Imports and Exports. Data are in constant dollars terms, calculated using a chained Fisher formula with 2007 as the base year, seasonally adjusted, and are on a Balance of Payments basis.
    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 12-10-0004-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 228-0062)
    Geography: Canada
    Description: International merchandise trade data grouped by North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) section. Users have the option of selecting Imports and Exports. Data are in constant dollar terms, calculated using a chained Fisher formula with 2007 as the base year, seasonally adjusted, and are on a Balance of Payments basis.
    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 12-10-0005-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 228-0091)
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    Canada and United States bilateral trade in goods data produced by Statistics Canada and the United States Census Bureau (customs basis) and the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis (balance of payments basis). Data are presented before and after adjustments made to standardize definitions. Quarterly data are available on Customs and on Balance of payments basis and are not seasonally adjusted.

    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 12-10-0006-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 228-0064)
    Geography: Canada
    Description: International merchandise trade price and volume indexes, grouped by North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) section. Users have the option of selecting Imports or Exports, and Paasche or Laspeyres price indexes, or Laspeyres volume indexes. Data are unadjusted and seasonally adjusted, and on a Customs and Balance of Payments basis.
    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 12-10-0006-02
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    International merchandise trade price and volume indexes, grouped by North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) section. Users have the option of selecting Imports or Exports, and Paasche or Laspeyres price indexes, or Laspeyres volume indexes. Data are unadjusted and seasonally adjusted, and on a Customs and Balance of Payments basis.

    Release date: 2018-07-06

  • Table: 12-10-0011-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 228-0069)
    Geography: Canada
    Description: International merchandise trade data grouped by Principal Trading Partners (PTP). Users have the option of selecting Imports, Exports, or Trade Balance. Data are unadjusted and seasonally adjusted, and are on a Customs and Balance of Payments basis.
    Release date: 2018-07-06
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  • Articles and reports: 11-621-M2014094
    Description:

    Using data from the Monthly Retail Trade and Quarterly Retail Commodity surveys, this study examines the sales for the year 2013. This annual review describes sales growth and trends by subsectors such as motor vehicle and parts dealers, food and beverage stores and general merchandise stores. This study also discusses provincial retail sales.

    Release date: 2014-12-17

  • Articles and reports: 13-604-M2014076
    Description:

    This article provides estimates on the value of cross-border shopping in the United States from 2006 to 2012, on an annual and quarterly basis. The study provides detailed values for overnight and same-day spending in the United States, postal and courier imports and motor vehicle imports. Total cross-border expenditures are compared to the Canadian retail trade sales, to provide a basis of comparison on the magnitude of these expenditures. The extent to which cross-border spending varies with movements in the Canadian/United States exchange rate is also examined. The cross-border estimates are derived from the Canadian System of National Accounts and their underlying survey and administrative data sources. The estimates are based on three different scenarios (low, medium and high) with each scenario based on different statistical assumptions. The low scenario represents the lower-bound estimates for cross-border shopping, while the high scenario represents the upper-bound estimates. The medium scenario is based on assumptions deemed to be the most plausible. All assumptions reflect professional judgement and build upon previous analysis.

    Release date: 2014-10-08

  • Articles and reports: 11-626-X2014039
    Description:

    This article in the Economic Insights series provides users with an integrated summary of recent changes in output, employment, household demand, international trade and prices. Organized as a statistical summary of major indicators, the report is designed to inform about recent developments in the Canadian economy, highlighting major changes in the economic data during the first half of 2014. Unless otherwise noted, the tabulations presented in this report are based on seasonally adjusted data available in CANSIM on September 16, 2014.

    Release date: 2014-09-26

  • Articles and reports: 11-621-M2014093
    Description:

    This article reviews trends in the manufacturing sector in 2013. Manufacturing sales are examined at the industry level, along with other relevant variables. Important drivers, such as price changes are also presented.

    Release date: 2014-09-22

  • Articles and reports: 15-206-X2014037
    Description:

    This paper presents estimates of effective multifactor productivity (MFP) growth for Canada, the United States, Australia, Japan and selected European Union (EU) countries, based on the EU KLEMS productivity database and the World Input-Output Tables. Effective MFP growth captures the impact of the productivity gains in upstream industries on the productivity growth and international competitiveness of domestic industries, thereby providing an appropriate measure of productivity growth and international competitiveness in the production of final demand products such as consumption, investment and export products. A substantial portion of MFP growth, especially for small, open economies such as Canada’s, is attributable to gains in the production of intermediate inputs in foreign countries. Productivity growth tends to be higher in investment and export products than for the production of consumption products. Technical progress and productivity growth in foreign countries have made a larger contribution to production growth in investment and export products than in consumption products. The analysis provides empirical evidence consistent with the hypothesis that effective MFP growth is a more informative relevant indicator of international competitiveness than is standard MFP growth.

    Release date: 2014-09-09

  • Articles and reports: 11-626-X2014034
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    This article in the Economic Insights series provides users with an integrated summary of recent changes in output, employment, household demand, international trade and prices. Organized as a statistical summary of major indicators, the report is designed to inform about recent developments in the Canadian economy, highlighting changes in the economic data during late 2013 and early 2014. Unless otherwise noted, the tabulations presented in this report are based on seasonally adjusted data available in CANSIM on March 18, 2014.

    Release date: 2014-03-28

  • Articles and reports: 11-621-M2014092
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    This paper examines the evolution of Canadian manufactured goods exported between 2002 and 2012. This period was characterized by several economic events and the analysis of changes in manufacturing exports provides a better understanding on how the manufacturing sector has evolved during the past decade.

    Additionally, this paper analyzes trends in the composition of exports and the distribution of foreign importers of Canadian manufactured goods between 2002 and 2012. It also examines the change in the export intensity throughout 21 key industries of the manufacturing sector.

    Release date: 2014-03-19

  • Articles and reports: 11F0027M2013086
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    In order to study the importance of material offshoring (defined in this paper as the use of intermediate imported materials) at the industry level, it is generally assumed that the import share of each input commodity for a particular industry is similar to that for the economy as a whole-because import data tend to be available only for the latter. This is referred to as the proportionality-based measure of offshoring.

    Recent advances in administrative trade data permit the development of more industry-specific measures of imports. However, these measures generally capture the agent that engages in importation. These firms may only be performing an intermediation role and may be located in industries (e.g., trade or finance) that differ from the industry of use. This study reports on these more direct measures of industry imports using Canadian micro import data as well as hybrid measures that make use of both input and import information. Estimates from various alternatives are then compared to estimates derived from a survey that asked for information on import intensity as part of a more general investigation of innovation.

    Release date: 2013-11-13

  • Articles and reports: 11-626-X2013030
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    This article in the Economic Insights series provides users with an integrated summary of recent changes in output, employment, household demand, international trade and prices. Organized as a statistical summary of major indicators, the report is designed to inform about recent developments in the Canadian economy, highlighting changes in the economic data during the first half of 2013. Unless otherwise noted, the tabulations presented in this report are based on seasonally-adjusted data available in CANSIM on September 17, 2013.

    Release date: 2013-09-30

  • Articles and reports: 11-621-M2013091
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    This article reviews trends in the manufacturing sector in 2012. Manufacturing sales are examined at the industry level along with other relevant variables. Important drivers, such as price changes and capital expenditures are also presented.

    Release date: 2013-09-09
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  • Classification: 65-209-X
    Description:

    The Canadian Export Classification is a structured, hierarchical classification system based on the Harmonized Description and Coding System. The HS nomenclature is divided into 21 Sections, which in general, group goods produced in the same sector of the economy.

    Release date: 2017-12-11

  • Notices and consultations: 13-605-X201400414107
    Description:

    Beginning in November 2014, International Trade in goods data will be provided on a Balance of Payments (BOP) basis for additional country detail. In publishing this data, BOP-based exports to and imports from 27 countries, referred to as Canada’s Principal Trading Partners (PTPs), will be highlighted for the first time. BOP-based trade in goods data will be available for countries such as China and Mexico, Brazil and India, South Korea, and our largest European Union trading partners, in response to substantial demand for information on these countries in recent years. Until now, Canada’s geographical trading patterns have been examined almost exclusively through analysis of Customs-based trade data. Moreover, BOP trade in goods data for these countries will be available alongside the now quarterly Trade in Services data as well as annual Foreign Direct Investment data for many of these Principal Trading Partners, facilitating country-level international trade and investment analysis using fully comparable data. The objective of this article is to introduce these new measures. This note will first walk users through the key BOP concepts, most importantly the concept of change in ownership. This will serve to familiarize analysts with the Balance of Payments framework for analyzing country-level data, in contrast to Customs-based trade data. Second, some preliminary analysis will be reviewed to illustrate the concepts, with provisional estimates for BOP-based trade with China serving as the principal example. Lastly, we will outline the expansion of quarterly trade in services to generate new estimates of trade for the PTPs and discuss future work in trade statistics.

    Release date: 2014-11-04

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 13-605-X201400214100
    Description:

    Canadian international merchandise trade data are released monthly and may be revised in subsequent releases as new information becomes available. These data are released approximately 35 days following the close of the reference period and represent one of the timeliest economic indicators produced by Statistics Canada. Given their timeliness, some of the data are not received in time and need to be estimated or modelled. This is the case for imports and exports of crude petroleum and natural gas. More specifically, at the time of release, energy trade data are based on an incomplete set of information and are revised as Statistics Canada and National Energy Board information becomes available in the subsequent months. Due to the increasing importance of energy imports and exports and the timeliness of the data, the revisions to energy prices and volumes are having an increasingly significant impact on the monthly revision to Canada’s trade balance. This note explains how the estimates in the initial release are made when data sources are not yet available, and how the original data are adjusted in subsequent releases.

    Release date: 2014-10-03

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 13-605-X201300411819
    Description:

    This is an update of the 2009 article Revisions to international merchandise trade statistics, accounting for changes resulting from increased timeliness in the release of merchandise trade statistics.

    Release date: 2013-06-07

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 13-605-X201100211471
    Description:

    This paper presents the background, methodological change and implementation of the revised real import and export adjustments that account for exchange rate fluctuations.

    Release date: 2011-05-30

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 13-604-M2009062
    Description:

    Statistics Canada produces monthly import and export merchandise trade price indexes. For the majority of these prices, Statistics Canada uses a variety of proxy measures to derive the price index in lieu of collecting observed import and export prices. The ability of these proxy measures to reflect international trade price movements during times of exchange rate volatility is limited. For this reason, the constant dollar trade estimates derived using these proxy price indexes have been refined with constant dollar adjustments following the appreciation of the Canadian exchange rate beginning at the end of 2002. This paper explains the rational and methodology behind these adjustments, as well as the impact on published trade and GDP estimates.

    Release date: 2009-12-04

  • Classification: 65-209-S
    Description:

    The Canadian Export Classification, incorporates amendments to the Nomenclature of the Harmonized Commodity and Coding System.

    Release date: 2009-01-07

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 81-595-M2006040
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    This guide discusses the collection and interpretation of statistical data on Canada's trade in culture goods. This guide has been restructured and simplified to better meet the needs of data users. This version replaces Culture Goods Trade Estimates: Methodology and Technical Notes, Catalogue no. 81-595-MIE2004020.

    Release date: 2006-03-30

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 96-328-M2004016
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    This activity looks at how Canada's grape industry has transformed itself in the wake of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

    Release date: 2004-10-29

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 81-595-M2004020
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    This article discusses the collection and interpretation of statistical data on Canada's trade in culture goods. It defines the products that are included in culture trade and explains how appropriate products are selected from the relevant classification standards.

    This version has been replaced by Culture Goods Trade Data User Guide, Catalogue No. 81-595-MIE2006040.

    Release date: 2004-07-28

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