U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at Canadian dairy, lumber and energy this week, as part of his ongoing ‘America First’ message. While these commodities are important export items for Canada, there are a number of lesser-known, and some might say just plain weird, resources the country trades south of the border and to other parts of the world.
The comments above & below are edited ([ ]) and abridged (…) excerpts from an article written by BNN.ca
Here’s a look at some such export and import transactions just between November 2016 and February 2017:
Canada exported $244,000 worth of Canadian feathers to Germany for stuffing down between November and February…[but] only imported down feathers from one country – the U.S. – spending about $2.8 million.
2. Animal guts, bladders and stomachs:
In February, Canada exported nearly $5.5 million worth of animal guts internationally, with the biggest receiver being China, closely followed by the U.S. and Mexico. In the same month, Canada imported $1.6 million worth, mostly from the United States.
3. Whalebone, horns:
Canada exported roughly $471,000 worth of whalebone and horns to two countries – United States and Belgium – between November and February…[and] imported about $47,000 total in February alone, mostly from the U.S.
4. Bovine semen:
In February alone, Canada exported $10.3 million globally of bovine semen, mostly to the U.S. and the Netherlands…[and] imported $875,041 from the U.S. and $76,523 from the U.K. during the same month.
5. Animal products and dead animals, unfit for human consumption:
Canada exported $20.1 million worth of dead animals and animal products to the U.S. between November and February, the most to any country…[but]also imported these products from south of the border, spending well over $13.7 million during that time.
*All data from Statistics Canada
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