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January 05, 2018


Year-to-Date (January-November 2017 vs. January-November 2016)- All merchandise

In Jan-Nov 2017, Nova Scotia merchandise trade exports increased $186.1 million to $4.9 billion over Jan-Nov 2016. 


YTD - By Sector

In Nova Scotia for January-November 2017, merchandise exports grew 3.9 per cent or $186.1 million compared to the same months in 2016. The largest dollar value increase were in consumer goods (+$168.1 million), metal/mineral products (+$57.3 million), and forestry products (+$32.4 million). Energy products declined $64.2 million compared to the same period in 2016.


On a year-to-date basis, exports values increased in:

  • Consumer goods by 13.2% ($168.1 million) to $1.4 billion
  • Metal and non-metallic mineral products by 27.5% ($57.3 million) to $265.9 million
  • Forestry products and building and packaging materials by 5.9% ($32.4 million) to $582.1 million
  • Basic and industrial chemical, plastic and rubber products by 8.8% ($24.0 million) to $296.6 million
  • Farm, fishing and intermediate food products by 3.8% (+$29.5 million) to $796.6 million.


 On a year-to-date basis, exports values decreased in:

  • Energy products by 85.5% (-$64.2 million) to $10.9 million,
  • Motor vehicles and parts by 2.4% (-$28.1 million) to $1.146 billion,
  • Electronic and electrical equipment and parts by 7.3% (-$10.8 million) to $137.6 million,
  • Metal/Ores by 8.2% (-$4.3 million) to $48.3 million,
  • Industrial machinery, equipment and parts by 8.9% (-$10.5 million) to $107.0 million,
  • Aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts by 10.4% (-$6.4 million) to $55.3 million.




YTD by Province

In Jan-Nov 2017, Alberta ranked first among the provinces in growth of domestic exports. Year-to-date exports increased 28.3 per cent over the same period last year. Canadian year to date exports are up 7.2 per cent. 

In Jan-Nov 2017, Nova Scotia ranked ninth among the provinces in growth of domestic exports. Year-to-date exports increased 3.9 per cent over the same period last year. 

In Jan-Nov 2017, Nova Scotia (+5.3%) ranked 6th among the provinces  in non-energy exports  over Jan-Nov 2016. Canada non-energy exports have grown 1.7 per cent during this period.


Canada / Provinces Trade with the US and Excluding the US


In Canada Jan-Nov 2017, export trade with the United States declined in three provinces (Nova Scotia down 3.0%; Ontario down 3.7%; and Manitoba down 2.2%) over the same period last year.

In Canada Jan-Nov 2017, global export trade excluding the United States was down in two provinces (Prince Edward Island down 11.2%; and Saskatchewan down 6.8%) over the same period last year. Nova Scotia exports to countries other than the US were up 19.2% over the same period last year.



CANSIM tables 228-0058 to 228-0068 , and 228-0080 

Publications: List of related Statistics Canada publications 

Statistics Canada Daily related to this article.

Canadian international merchandise trade database.  

Industry Canada Trade database.



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