Tampa Customs Broker: What can I import from Canada?

The United States is known for the importation of good from foreign markets. The most common market to think of is China. Everyday you can see items that say, “made in China.” While China is an ever-growing market, it is important to look at markets closer to home. A great example is the neighboring country of Canada. According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Canada was the second largest supplier of imported goods to the United States, totaling in $332.1 billion worth of imports. Not only is the market an important source of imports for the U.S., Canada also falls under the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which limits tariffs on products originating in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico when imported by one of the other three countries.

As Canada is a large market and falls under NAFTA, making it a great market for importations, what products are being imported? The USTR reports that the largest categories in 2013 were: Mineral Fuel and Oil (crude oil and natural gas), vehicles, machinery, and plastic. These industrial based products roughly total about 59% of the products imported from Canada. While, the majority of these goods are industrial, the United States also imports many agricultural products as well.

It was reported by the USTR that in 2013 Canada was the largest supplier of agricultural imports in the U.S. This type of important can range from snack foods such as chocolate to red meats, fruits, vegetable, and live animals. Agricultural imports totaled $21.8 billion in 2013, or roughly 6% of the imports from Canada.

Based off of the numbers provided by the Office of the Unites State Trade Representative, the market for importing goods from Canada is growing. The market increased 2.5% between 2012 and 2013, which are the most recent numbers reported. If you are interested in importing trade goods from Canada, contact Eduardo A Arecco CHB today. We are experienced customs brokers and can help you through the process. Contact us today for a free quote.