Canada and the United States share the largest and most comprehensive trading partnership. Two-way trade between our countries has tripled since the implementation of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement in 1989. Canada is Idaho's largest trading partner, with exports in 2011 totaling $1.64 billion. Geographical proximity and our increased relationship, make Canada an ideal destination for first-time exporters.
- Location - Northern North America, sharing a border of 7,049 miles, including Alaska, which makes it the longest unprotected border in the world
- Population – 33.7 million
- Size - Slightly larger than the United States
- Exports - Goods frequently sold to Canada from Idaho include: manufactured metals, chemicals, minerals, transportation equipment, and food manufacturers.
Idaho - Alberta Sister State Relationship
Former Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne and Alberta Premier Ralph Klein signed the Idaho-Alberta Sister State Agreement on May 26, 2000. Idaho and Alberta share many traits including pro-business philosophies, rugged individualism and beautiful landscapes. Alberta is just a day away by car or a few hours by plane.
For 2011, $626 million worth of goods were shipped to China, including Hong Kong and Macau, making it Idaho’s third largest trading partner.
- Location - Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea and South China Sea between North Korea and Vietnam
- Population – 1.3 billion
- Size - Slightly smaller than the United States
- Exports - Goods frequently sold to China from Idaho include: high-tech, food manufacturers, machinery (except electrical), paper, and agriculture products.
State of Idaho-China Trade Office
Idaho - Shanxi Province Sister Relationship
Idaho and Shanxi Province signed a sister-state agreement in 1985.
Idaho - Shanghai Luwan District Government Cooperation Agreement
In 1999, the Idaho Department of Commerce and the Luwan District Government Magistrate signed a cooperative agreement. Since that time, the state of Idaho has opened a representative trade office in the Luwan District and several business, education and governmental delegations have visited Idaho from Luwan.
In 2011, Idaho exported $209 million in goods and services to Mexico. Mexico is Idaho's eighth largest trading partner.
- Location - The United States and Mexico share a 1,950 mile long border
- Population - 107.4 million
- Size - Slightly less than three times the size of Texas
- Exports - Goods frequently sold to Mexico from Idaho include: food and agriculture products,wood and building materials, high tech, hides and leather goods.
State of Idaho-Mexico Trade Office
Idaho - Jalisco Sister State Relationship
Idaho and Jalisco, Mexico, established a sister-state relationship in 1996. Idaho maintains a trade office in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco. The office is jointly managed by the Idaho Department of Commerce and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.
For 2011, $761 million worth of goods were shipped to Taiwan. Currently, Taiwan is Idaho's second largest export market.
- Location - An island in the Pacific Ocean, separated from the mainland of southern China by the 100 mile wide Formosa Strait
- Population - 23 million
- Size - Slightly smaller than Maryland and Delaware combined
- Exports - Goods frequently sold to Taiwan from Idaho include: computer and electronic products, nesoi, paper, chemicals and machinery (except electrical).
State of Idaho-Taiwan Trade Office
State of Idaho - Taiwan Province Sister-Relationship
Idaho and Taiwan signed a cooperative agreement in 1984. In the fall of 2004, the two parties signed a reaffirmation agreement to cooperate in exchanges of business, education, tourism and agriculture.
Export sales by Idaho companies reached a record high with over $5.89 billion during 2011. Idaho companies are now selling goods and services to 156 countries around the world.
Idaho Trade Fun Facts for 2011:
- The Dominican Republic bought $2.3 million worth of vegetables from Idaho
- Idaho sold $18 million worth of nuclear reactors, boilers, and machinery parts to France
- Chile bought over $10.5 million worth of dairy products from Idaho
- Idaho sold $105 million worth of electrical machinery to Malaysia
- Cambodia imported $248,220 worth of iron and steel products from Idaho
- Sweden bought over $2 million of beverages from Idaho
- Idaho sold over $120 million worth of TV and sound equipment and other electrical machinery to Japan
For further information regarding Idaho exports, please contact Anjuli Waybright at (208) 334-2650 ext. 2160 or by e-mail Anjuli.Waybright@trade.idaho.gov