Imports to Canada edged down 0.3% month-over-month to CAD 50.1 billion in November of 2020, mainly due to lower purchases of industrial machinery, equipment and parts (-3.9%), of which other general-purpose machinery and equipment (-6.8%). In October, high-value shipments of wind turbines from China related to a new wind farm project were observed but were not repeated in November. Imports also decreased for metal ores and non-metallic minerals (-11%), namely other metal ores and concentrates (-23.2%) as a result of lower imports of gold from Peru. These declines were partially offset by higher imports of aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts (+16.2%), especially those of aircraft, in part because of two new airliners imported from Ireland. source: Statistics Canada

Imports in Canada averaged 21778.75 CAD Million from 1971 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 52759.20 CAD Million in March of 2019 and a record low of 1112 CAD Million in January of 1971. This page provides the latest reported value for - Canada Imports - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Canada Imports - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on January of 2021.

Imports in Canada is expected to be 49500.00 CAD Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Imports in Canada to stand at 51300.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Canada Imports is projected to trend around 51000.00 CAD Million in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Canada Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
50102.60 50271.60 52759.20 1112.00 1971 - 2020 CAD Million Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-10-06 12:30 PM Aug C$47.38B C$47.93B C$50B
2020-11-04 01:30 PM Sep C$48.79B C$48.08B C$47.9B C$47.6B
2020-12-04 01:30 PM Oct C$50.23B C$49.3B C$49.5B
2021-01-07 01:30 PM Nov C$50.1B C$50.23B


News Stream
Canada Imports Drop 0.3% MoM in November
Imports to Canada edged down 0.3% month-over-month to CAD 50.1 billion in November of 2020, mainly due to lower purchases of industrial machinery, equipment and parts (-3.9%), of which other general-purpose machinery and equipment (-6.8%). In October, high-value shipments of wind turbines from China related to a new wind farm project were observed but were not repeated in November. Imports also decreased for metal ores and non-metallic minerals (-11%), namely other metal ores and concentrates (-23.2%) as a result of lower imports of gold from Peru. These declines were partially offset by higher imports of aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts (+16.2%), especially those of aircraft, in part because of two new airliners imported from Ireland.
2021-01-07
Canada Imports Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels
Imports to Canada were up 1.9% mom to CAD 50.2 billion in October of 2020, the highest reading in as year, led by purchases of electronic and electrical equipment and parts (9.5%). The coronavirus pandemic drove the cell phone industry to introduce new models outside the typical release cycle. The introduction of new models in Canada in October rather than September, the usual month for new releases, accounts for this strong increase. Imports of consumer goods, the largest product section for Canadian imports, rose 4.3% to a record CAD 11.6 billion in October, mainly clothing, footwear and accessories. In contrast, biggest decline was seen in purchases of unwrought gold, silver and platinum group metals, and their alloys (-38.7%).
2020-12-04
Canada Imports Above Forecasts in September
Imports to Canada went up 1.5% over a month earlier to CAD 48.79 billion in September 2020, compared to market forecasts of CAD 47.9 billion. Purchases of energy products rose 28.8% to CAD 2.1 billion, in particular crude oil (+87.1% to surpass the CAD 1 billion mark for the first time since March) as Canadian refineries purchasing more crude oil from Louisiana. Additionally, imports of industrial machinery, equipment & parts increased 6.7% to CAD 5.2 billion, namely other general-purpose machinery and equipment (+8.7%) and logging, construction, mining, and oil and gas field machinery and equipment (+23.7%). Also, purchases of basic and industrial chemical, plastic and rubber products were up 7.6%, of which lubricants and other petroleum refinery products (+38.5%). Imports from the US rose 1.2% to CAD 31.2 billion, while those from countries other than the US went up 2.1% to CAD 17.6 billion.
2020-11-04
Canada Imports Fall 1.2% MoM in August
Imports to Canada fell 1.2 percent month-over-month to CAD 47.4 billion in August of 2020 from an upwardly revised CAD 47.93 billion in July. Purchases fell for aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts (-25.3 percent), in particular aircraft engines and parts (-21.4 percent) and aircraft (-49.6 percent). Also, imports declined for metal and non-metallic mineral products (-5.7 percent) of which gold, silver and platinum group metals (-18.3 percent). After rising for three consecutive months, imports of industrial machinery, equipment and parts fell 4.4 percent due to other general-purpose machinery and equipment (-6 percent) and parts of industrial machinery and equipment (-6.7 percent).
2020-10-06

Canada Imports
In 2018, Canada imported mainly: consumer goods (20 percent of total imports); motor vehicles and parts (19 percent); electronic and electrical equipment and parts (12 percent); industrial machinery, equipment and parts (11 percent); basic and industrial chemical, plastic and rubber products (8 percent); metal and non-metallic mineral products (7 percent) and energy products (6 percent). Canada's major import partners were: the US (64 percent of total imports); the EU (10 percent), of which Germany (3 percent); China (8 percent); Mexico (3 percent) and Japan (2 percent).
Canada Imports by Category Last Previous
(bop) - Total of All Merchandise 50102.60 50229.90 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Consumer Goods 11743.60 11636.10 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Motor Vehicles and Parts 8729.00 8796.90 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Passenger Cars and Light Trucks 4223.60 4327.20 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Intermediate Metal Products 2300.00 2335.40 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Miscellaneous Goods and Suppli 2084.00 2005.50 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Building and Packaging Materia 1966.00 1993.40 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Energy Products 1718.90 1867.00 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Farm and Fishing Products 1521.00 1569.10 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Plastic and Rubber Products 1471.10 1475.60 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Electronic and Electrical Parts 1317.40 1363.10 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Special Transactions Trade 1297.20 1040.30 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Metal Ores and Concentrates 1238.40 1419.00 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Crude Oil and Crude Bitumen 919.40 1002.80 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Electrical Components 890.20 898.30 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Fruits, Nuts and Vegetables 878.30 898.40 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Furniture and Fixtures 837.00 847.30 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Basic Chemicals 729.60 748.50 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Fabricated Metal Products 684.10 686.90 CAD Million Nov/20
(bop) - Plastic Resins 668.10 646.40 CAD Million Nov/20

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