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U.S. 2010 machinery exports to Canada increase


February 24, 2011
By Aggregates & Roadbuilding

Feb. 24, 2011 – The Canadian market for U.S.-made construction
machinery closed out 2010 with a gain of more than 39 percent compared
to the previous year, for a total of $5.1 billion. That represents 32
percent of the total export market of U.S. machinery of $16.4 billion.

Feb. 24, 2011 – The Canadian market for U.S.-made construction machinery closed out 2010 with a gain of more than 39 percent compared to the previous year, for a total of $5.1 billion. That represents 32 percent of the total export market of U.S. machinery of $16.4 billion.

These figures come from the latest export report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The AEM North American-based international trade group consolidates U.S. Commerce Department data with other sources into a quarterly export trends report. The global market increased by 28 percent during 2010, a welcome reversal over 2009.

"Global trade is extremely important to our industry and export sales continue to sustain many companies as we still face a fragile domestic upturn," stated AEM Senior Vice President Al Cervero. "While these numbers are positive we have to remember they follow a 2009 decline of more than 38 percent."

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Export business to Europe gained 23 percent for a total $1.88 billion, and exports to Asia grew 10 percent and totaled $2.2 billion. Construction machinery exports to South America increased 31 percent in 2010 for a total $3.1 billion; and exports to Central America came in at $1.6 billion, a 24-percent increase. Once again, exports to Canada outpaced all of Europe and South America or Asia combined, while the growth rate in sales to Canada also eclipsed these regions.

The largest gain was to Australia/Oceania with a 66-percent increase for a total $1.6 billion. The only decline was to Africa with a 5-percent drop for $934 million worth of purchases.


The top countries buying the most U.S.-made construction machinery in 2010 were:

  1. Canada – $5.1 billion, up 39 percent;
  2. Australia – $1.5 billion, up 62 percent;
  3. Mexico – $1.2 billion, up 25 percent;
  4. Chile – $920 million, up 21 percent;
  5. Brazil – $758 million, up 48 percent;
  6. Colombia – $588 million, up 50 percent;
  7. China – $499 million, up 2 percent;
  8. Peru – $437 million, up 37 percent;
  9. Belgium – $399 million, up 11 percent;
  10. South Africa – $396 million, up 12 percent;
  11. Russia – $333 million – up 60 percent;
  12. Singapore – $299 million, up 40 percent;
  13. Saudi Arabia – $227 million, down 4 percent;
  14. Arab Emirates – $197 million, up 38 percent;
  15. Germany – $197 million, up 34 percent.