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Canada’s Top 10 Imports

The following product groups represent the highest dollar value in Canada’s import purchases during 2018. Also shown is the percentage share each product category represents in terms of overall imports into Canada.

Vehicles: US$75.4 billion (16.4% of total imports)

Machinery including computers: $68.8 billion (15%)

Electrical machinery, equipment: $44.8 billion (9.8%)

Mineral fuels including oil: $36.1 billion (7.9%)

Plastics, plastic articles: $17 billion (3.7%)

Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $12.6 billion (2.7%)

Pharmaceuticals: $12.5 billion (2.7%)

Articles of iron or steel: $10.8 billion (2.4%)

Furniture, bedding, lighting, signs, prefab buildings: $9.3 billion (2%)

Gems, precious metals: $8.8 billion (1.9%)

Canada’s top 10 imports accounted for almost two-thirds (64.6%) of the overall value of its product purchases from other countries.

Mineral fuels including oil had the fastest-growing increase in value among the top 10 import categories, up 21.3% from 2017 to 2018.

In second place for improving import sales was the articles of iron or steel category via its 10.4% gain. Trailing that percentage were Canadian imports of machinery including computers with an 8.6% expansion year over year. The lone declining top import was the gems and precious metals category, down -9.5% thanks mostly to a slowdown in Canadian purchases of gold, precious metals scrap and silver on international markets.