Several reports on exports in the past year have illuminated what we at CSA already know: business between Canada and the state of Texas is booming. Importing and exporting between Canada and Texas is great-- and the partnership between the two can’t be beat.
According to the Government of the State of Texas, Canada was the #2 export destination in 2012 with nearly $24 billion worth of goods shipping to Canada. About 10 percent of that volume was returning to the Lone Star state with $2 billion in goods shipping from Canada to Texas.
Food products shipping from Texas to Canada is one of the top categories: In 2011, Canada imported $486 million food related goods from Texas including but not limited to: $33M in fruits and nuts; $28M in prepared/preserved fruits and nuts; $28M in gums/resins derived from seeds; $28M in food preparations (including $27M in chewing gum!) and more. Canadian food exports amounted to $630 million.
These numbers show there is a significant market in Canada for dry food products shipping from Texas. If you are an import/export business that participates in Texas Canada trade CSA has over a quarter of a century of experience shipping packaged food products cross border between it’s high speed warehouse network.
Additionally, a number of Canadian companies have business space and even manufacturing plants in Texas. RBC, Talisman Energy, Village Farms, CGI, Kelso Technologies all have a presence in Texas, including CSA with a high-speed distribution centre in the Dallas area.
Fun fact: Did you know a portion of the Tom Hanks movie, Cast Away, was filmed in Canadian, TX? That’s right-- there’s a city in Texas named “Canadian.” With a population of 2,832 (2012), Canadian was the location for the final scene where Chuck Nolad (Tom Hanks} is at the "crossroads" of his life. This city was named after the Canadian River, a tributary of the Arkansas River in Texas-- not the fine people of Canada.