Top North American Export Countries

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Exports from North America were worth US$2.565 trillion for 2018, up by 2.9% since 2014 when shipments totaled $2.376 trillion. Year over year, the value of North American exports appreciated by 7.9% from 2017 to 2018 and increased in value by 2.9% since 2014.

Exports from North America represent about 14.6% of all products exported worldwide (based on global export statistics for 2017).

Based on metrics from the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook Database, the total Gross Domestic Product from all North American nations grew to an estimated $24.941 trillion as of October 2018. Therefore, exports drive about 10.1% of North America’s total economic output.

Given North America’s population of 491.1 million people at July 2018, the total $2.565 trillion in 2018 North American exports translates to roughly $5,200 in international products sales for every person residing in North America.

Top North American Export Countries

The listing below shows how North American export countries stacked up in international trade during 2018. Also shown is each country’s percentage share of the continent’s overall exports.

  1. United States: $1.664 trillion (64.9% of total North American exports)
  2. Mexico: $450.9 billion (17.6%)
  3. Canada: $449.8 billion (17.4%)

Mexico grew its revenues from exported goods by 13.6% from 2014 to 2018, overtaking Canada as the second-biggest North American exporter.

The value of exports from the United States increased by 2.7% over the same 5-year period, far ahead of the -5.3% decline for Canada.

Year over year, export totals from all three North American export countries gained from 2017 to 2018 once again led by Mexico (up 10.1%). In second place were exporters located in the United States (up 7.6%), while Canada was close behind posting a 6.9% improvement.

See also United States Top 10 Exports, Canada’s Top 10 Exports and Mexico’s Top 10 Exports

Research Sources:
International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database (GDP based on Purchasing Power Parity). Accessed on April 3, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports and World Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on April 3, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on April 3, 2019