Evaluating the U.S. market

Export Development Canada can help you get a better understanding of market activity in the U.S., the opportunities and challenges and how to access support and capital to grow your company. Get detailed, expert answers to your market and trade questions from EDC’s Export Help Hub.

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Country Risk Quarterly

Read the Country Risk Quarterly interactive guide for valuable insights on rapidly changing global markets, new opportunities and the latest political and economic risks that could affect your business.

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Global Export Forecast

Read the Global Export Forecast for expert insights from the EDC Economics team on the current trends influencing global trade and Canadian exporting.

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Business environment in United States

With a GDP of USD $19.49 trillion in 2017, the United States is the world's second largest economy (in purchasing power parity terms) and is ranked the sixth best country in the world for ease of doing business. Despite some uncertainty regarding future policy direction, the economic recovery is gaining traction and the American private sector is in great shape with corporate profitability at an all-time high and a record amount of cash. Consumers are also spending more now that the housing market is regaining strength and confidence is positive. Canada and the United States have the largest trading relationship in the world, with more than 75 per cent of Canada’s total exports going to the U.S. in 2017. As a result, EDC sees excellent potential and export investment opportunities that match Canadian potential, which will deepen this already superb trading relationship. Most recently, Canada, the United States and Mexico announced a new trilateral trade agreement-in-principle called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive and heavy truck
  • Consumer goods
  • Knowledge-based industries
  • Oil and gas
  • Telecom

Here’s a helpful tip for doing business in the U.S.

Don’t mistake the U.S. as being one homogenous market–there are several distinct market regions, each with its own sector opportunities and advantages.

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