New Markets for Natural Gas

Construction crews install new pipelines to serve growing markets.With 65 years of experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure. In 2016, TransCanada purchased Columbia Pipeline Group, giving it a major footprint in the Marcellus and Utica Shale region, as well as access to growing markets in the Eastern U.S. and the Gulf Coast.

With its estimated 84 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, the Marcellus shale is one of the most prolific natural gas plays in the world. TransCanada's $8 billion investment in the Columbia Pipeline Group adds the infrastructure needed to move gas to new markets, creating more jobs and revenue for the state of Pennsylvania.

Pilot Freight Services

The British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, along with New York-based ATL Partners, recently bought a controlling share of Pilot Freight Services of Lima, Pennsylvania. Pilot is the largest privately held freight forwarder in the United States with 250 employees and annual sales of $585 million. Pilot's online shipment navigator, CoPilot, makes shipping fast, convenient, and secure.

According to, Jim Pittman, Senior Vice President, Private Equity for bcIMC, “we are a long-term investor and this investment is consistent with our approach to partner with industry-leading companies and experienced management teams who have the capability to scale investments over time.”

Pennsylvania–Canada trade

  • Pennsylvania exports to Canada: $9.9 billion
  • Pennsylvania imports from Canada: $10.0 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $19.9 billion
  • Pennsylvania services exports to Canada: $1.8 billion

Pennsylvania–Canada tourism

  • Pennsylvania visits by Canadians: 1,396,500
  • Pennsylvania vacation spending by Canadians: $252 million

Pennsylvania’s top goods exports to Canada

  • Plastics & plastic articles: $663 million
  • Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $513 million
  • Optical, medical & precision instruments: $370 million
  • Computers: $360 million
  • Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $348 million

Pennsylvania’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Crude petroleum: $1.3 billion
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $592 million
  • Paper & paperboard: $535 million
  • Aluminum & aluminum articles: $511 million
  • Pharmaceutical products: $358 million

Pennsylvania exports to Canada by industry

  • Equipment & machinery (28%)
  • Minerals & metals (16%)
  • Agriculture (12%)
  • Chemicals (11%)
  • Transportation (9%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (9%)
  • Other (15%)

Pennsylvania imports from Canada by industry

  • Minerals & metals (18%)
  • Agriculture (17%)
  • Energy (14%)
  • Forest products (12%)
  • Chemicals (11%)
  • Equipment & machinery (9%)
  • Other (20%)

Pennsylvania Jobs

  • 346,600 Pennsylvania jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

Pennsylvania top services exports to Canada

  • Business, professional & technical services: $365 million
  • Financial services: $237 million
  • Royalties: $132 million
  • Insurance: $122 million
  • Telecommunications: $43 million


  • 346,600 jobs in Pennsylvania depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Canada is Pennsylvania’s #1 customer
  • Total Canada–Pennsylvania goods trade: $19.9 billion

Connect to our team

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

February 2017
Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2016 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 (2/2017 release). U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: goods and services trade (3/2016 release). Trade Partnership: 2015 services trade (1/2017 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.