South Carolina

Domtar: A Paper Trail

Domtar Corporation ranks as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of pulp, paper and personal care products. From its dual corporate headquarters in Fort Mill, and Montreal, the company operates a network of pulp and paper mills across North America. Beyond its corporate headquarters, Domtar’s facilities in Marlboro and Rock Hill provide 450 jobs.

Consistent with Canada’s commitment to supporting environmentally-friendly business practices, Domtar’s re-launched its The Paper Trail® tool. This digital transparency tool enables customers to track the gate-to-gate environmental impact of paper purchases across five categories: fiber, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water, renewable energy, and waste.

A Shared Focus on Forests

South Carolina’s forestry industry has an economic impact of $17 billion annually and ranks first among the state’s manufacturing industry in jobs and payroll. As the second largest importer of South Carolina wood products, Canada has strong industry links statewide.

Given the industry’s importance to both economies, we’re pleased that Canadian and South Carolina forestry experts are working together and strengthen bilateral links. Recently, Canadian and South Carolina forestry experts gathered at Clemson University’s Canada Center and Wood Utilization + Design Institute for a conference to showcase the efforts of academics and innovative forestry-focused companies on both sides of the border.

As we look ahead, we expect more collaborative efforts from innovative company leaders that will expand and support Canada and South Carolina’s important forestry, paper/pulp, commercial construction and packaging industries.

South Carolina–Canada trade

  • South Carolina exports to Canada: $3.7 billion
  • South Carolina imports from Canada: $2.8 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $6.5 billion
  • South Carolina services exports to Canada: $534 million

South Carolina–Canada tourism

  • South Carolina visits by Canadians: 753,500
  • South Carolina vacation spending by Canadians: $335 million

South Carolina’s top goods exports to Canada

  • Automobiles: $604 million
  • Rubber & rubber articles: $468 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $256 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $168 million
  • Aircraft: $126 million

South Carolina’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Rubber & rubber articles: $425 million
  • Organic chemicals: $248 million
  • Aircraft parts: $209 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $170 million
  • Fiber & woven goods from manmade sources: $144 million

South Carolina exports to Canada by industry

  • Transportation (29%)
  • Equipment & machinery (29%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (17%)
  • Minerals & metals (7%)
  • Apparel & textiles (5%)
  • Chemicals (4%)
  • Other (9%)

South Carolina imports from Canada by industry

  • Plastics & rubbers (20%)
  • Transportation (15%)
  • Chemicals (13%)
  • Equipment & machinery (11%)
  • Minerals & metals (10%)
  • Forest products (9%)
  • Other (21%)

South Carolina Jobs

  • 165,300 South Carolina jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

South Carolina top services exports to Canada

  • Travel: $285 million
  • Business, professional & technical services: $82 million
  • Royalties & license fees: $47 million
  • Transportation services: $37 million
  • Equipment installation, maintenance & repair: $33 million


  • 165,300 jobs in South Carolina depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Total Canada–South Carolina goods trade: $6.5 billion

Connect to our team

For more information on South Carolina’s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Atlanta.

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.