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

The Canadian and U.S economies are intricately linked through trade. In recent years, both countries were trading an average of $1.4 million in bilateral goods and services every minute of every day.
Canada and the U.S. remain focused on supporting the economic growth of both countries. Canada is America’s largest customer. Following the ratification of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) could result in an uptick in cross-border investment. Now that the agreement is finalized, cross-border investment opportunities will increase as companies move toward near-shoring supply chains. The upside is accelerated as more companies want to move closer to their home markets to improve supply chain risk management. Currently, Canadian companies operating in the U.S. employ approximately 825,000 Americans.
As a result, EDC sees continued growth and export investment opportunities that match Canadian potential to further deepen this already strong trading relationship.
Export Development Canada (EDC) serves Canadian companies in the United States through our local representations in Atlanta and Chicago.
  • 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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Date modified: 2023-08-03