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Doug McCann Research and Statistics Officer
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February 06, 2018


ANNUAL 2007-2017

In  2017, Nova Scotia merchandise trade exports increased $193.1 million to $5.42 billion over 2016. Non-engery exports increased $270.5 million over 2016 to $5.41 billion.


By Sector

In Nova Scotia  2017, merchandise exports grew 3.7 per cent or $193.1 million compared to 2016. The largest dollar value increase were in consumer goods (+$177.6 million), metal/mineral products (+$59.2 million), and forestry products (+$57.1 million). Energy products declined $77.4 million compared to 2016.


On an annual basis, exports values increased in:

  • Consumer goods by 13.0% ($177.6 million) to $1.4 billion
  • Metal and non-metallic mineral products by 26.3% ($59.2 million) to $284.2 million
  • Forestry products and building and packaging materials by 9.6% ($57.1 million) to $652.2 million
  • Basic and industrial chemical, plastic and rubber products by 7.2% ($21.4 million) to $320.5 million
  • Farm, fishing and intermediate food products by 2.6% (+$23.7 million) to $921.8 million.


 On an annual basis, exports values decreased in:

  • Energy products by 87.5% (-$77.4 million) to $11.1 million,
  • Motor vehicles and parts by 2.2% (-$27.5 million) to $1.249 billion,
  • Electronic and electrical equipment and parts by 9.0% (-$14.6 million) to $147.1 million,
  • Metal/Ores by 7.4% (-$4.2 million) to $52.3 million,
  • Industrial machinery, equipment and parts by 8.0% (-$10.5 million) to $121.5 million,
  • Aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts by 14.4% (-$10.0 million) to $59.4 million.




By Province

In 2017, Alberta ranked first among the provinces in growth of domestic exports. Year-to-date exports increased 26.5 per cent over 2016. Canadian year to date exports are up 6.9 per cent. 

In 2017, Nova Scotia ranked eighth among the provinces in growth of domestic exports. Year-to-date exports increased 3.7 per cent over 2016. 

In 2017, Nova Scotia (+5.3%) ranked 6th among the provinces  in non-energy exports  over 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 2017, export trade with the United States declined in three provinces (Nova Scotia down 3.6%; Ontario down 3.5%; and Manitoba down 2.2%) over 2016.

In Canada 2017, global export trade excluding the United States was down in two provinces (Prince Edward Island down 9.4%; and Saskatchewan down 7.7%) over 2016. Nova Scotia exports to countries other than the US were up 19.9% over 2016.



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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