New Hampshire

Award-winning seafood

High Liner Foods, Inc. is the leading North American processor and marketer of value-added frozen seafood. The company was founded in 1899 as W.C. Smith & Company, a salt fish operation located in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Today, the company’s retail branded products are sold throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico under the High Liner, Fisher Boy, Mirabel and Sea Cuisine labels, and are available in most grocery and club stores. The company also sells branded products under the High Liner, Icelandic Seafood and FPI labels to restaurants and institutions, and is a major supplier of private label value-added frozen seafood products to North American food retailers and food service distributors.

The company’s operations include a diversified food processing facility in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which employs approximately 180 workers. An additional 135 employees work at the company’s U.S. headquarters, also located in Portsmouth. For further information about the company, please visit

Varitron boosts manufacturing in NH

Varitron, one of Canada’s largest electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider is expanding thanks to its investment in New Hampshire. A key player in the east coast EMS sector, Varitron acquired Altronics in 2014, a company that handles a variety of printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies and value-added services.

The company invested $3.7 million to update infrastructure and raise production capacity at the 27,000 square feet Hudson, New Hampshire facility. Varitron also acquired new high-tech equipment for its automated assembly lines, new test benches and traceability systems, and new enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Varitron employs 70 at the Hudson plant. The growth of its New England activities and increased competitiveness on the international market will create about 25 new jobs.

New Hampshire–Canada trade

  • New Hampshire exports to Canada: $545 million
  • New Hampshire imports from Canada: $4.9 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $5.4 billion
  • New Hampshire services exports to Canada: $244 million

New Hampshire–Canada tourism

  • New Hampshire visits by Canadians: 601,400
  • New Hampshire vacation spending by Canadians: $134 million

New Hampshire’s top goods exports to Canada

  • Optical, medical & precision instruments: $41 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $25 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $20 million
  • Softwood lumber: $20 million
  • Cocoa & chocolate: $20 million

New Hampshire’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Fuel oil: $3.7 billion
  • Petroleum coke & bitumen: $171 million
  • Wood & semi-finished wood products: $71 million
  • Fish & crustaceans: $68 million
  • Softwood lumber: $54 million

New Hampshire exports to Canada by industry

  • Equipment & machinery (41%)
  • Forest products (12%)
  • Minerals & metals (10%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (7%)
  • Agriculture (6%)
  • Transportation (6%)
  • Other (18%)

New Hampshire imports from Canada by industry

  • Energy (81%)
  • Equipment & machinery (4%)
  • Agriculture (4%)
  • Minerals & metals (3%)
  • Forest products (3%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (1%)
  • Other (3%)

New Hampshire Jobs

  • 39,000 New Hampshire jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

New Hampshire top services exports to Canada

  • Travel: $90 million
  • Royalties & license fees: $46 million
  • Business, professional & technical services: $36 million
  • Insurance services: $25 million
  • Financial services: $18 million


  • 39,000 jobs in New Hampshire depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Canada is New Hampshire’s #1 customer
  • Total Canada–New Hampshire goods trade: $5.4 billion

Connect to our team

For more information on New Hampshire’s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Boston.

September 2016
Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2015 data in U.S. dollars. Statistics Canada: 2014 tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (8/2016 release, US$1.00=C$1.1045). U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canada’s export ranking (2/2016 release). U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: goods and services trade (3/2016 release). Trade Partnership: 2014 services trade (11/2015 release). Job numbers are from a study commissioned by the Government of Canada (11/2014 release, 2013 data). Figures may not add up due to rounding. Produced by the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.