Imports to Canada declined 2.3 percent from the previous month to CAD 48.98 billion in December 2020, the second consecutive monthly decline and the largest decrease since May. Imports of consumer goods fell 8.0 percent, led by a 21.5 percent slump in purchases of clothing, footwear and textile products. Also, imports of pharmaceutical products dropped 14.7 percent from November's record high. Lastly, imports of miscellaneous goods and supplies were down 8.6 percent, following recent increases that were due in large part to higher imports of personal protective equipment. For the year 2020, imports declined 8.6 percent. source: Statistics Canada

Imports in Canada averaged 21826.68 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 February 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
48983.30 50160.40 52759.20 1112.00 1971 - 2020 CAD Million Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
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
2021-02-05 01:30 PM Dec C$48.98B C$50.16B


News Stream
Canada Imports Fall in December
Imports to Canada declined 2.3 percent from the previous month to CAD 48.98 billion in December 2020, the second consecutive monthly decline and the largest decrease since May. Imports of consumer goods fell 8.0 percent, led by a 21.5 percent slump in purchases of clothing, footwear and textile products. Also, imports of pharmaceutical products dropped 14.7 percent from November's record high. Lastly, imports of miscellaneous goods and supplies were down 8.6 percent, following recent increases that were due in large part to higher imports of personal protective equipment. For the year 2020, imports declined 8.6 percent.
2021-02-05
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
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 48983.30 50102.60 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Consumer Goods 10848.30 11743.60 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Motor Vehicles and Parts 8980.60 8729.00 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Passenger Cars and Light Trucks 4438.70 4223.60 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Intermediate Metal Products 2602.00 2300.00 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Building and Packaging Materia 2013.90 1966.00 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Miscellaneous Goods and Suppli 1945.80 2084.00 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Energy Products 1687.50 1718.90 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Plastic and Rubber Products 1500.30 1471.10 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Farm and Fishing Products 1419.00 1521.00 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Metal Ores and Concentrates 1279.30 1238.40 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Electronic and Electrical Parts 1237.50 1317.40 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Special Transactions Trade 1054.50 1297.20 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Crude Oil and Crude Bitumen 917.80 919.40 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Electrical Components 896.60 890.20 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Furniture and Fixtures 829.30 837.00 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Fruits, Nuts and Vegetables 782.40 878.30 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Basic Chemicals 721.60 729.60 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Fabricated Metal Products 703.50 684.10 CAD Million Dec/20
(bop) - Plastic Resins 687.90 668.10 CAD Million Dec/20

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