Goal 6

Firms Participating In Export Trade - Deep Dive


Goal Status

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Baseline: 930
Current: 1037
Target: 1395
Bands

The industries with the largest numbers of international merchandise exporting establishments in Nova Scotia are goods producing — mainly manufacturing and agriculture and fishing — as well as service industries that participate in both wholesale and retail trade.

Industry Number of Exporting Establishments
Agriculture-Forestry-Fishing-Hunting 108
Mining-Quarrying-Oil and gas extraction 15
Utilities 4
Construction 18
Manufacturing 303
Wholesale trade 261
Retail trade 88
Transportation and warehousing 39
Information and cultural industries 10
Finance and insurance 8
Real estate and rental and leasing 16
Professional-Scientific-Technical services 37
Management of companies and enterprises 14
Administrative and support-Waste management-Remediation services 13
Educational services 9
Health care and social assistance 5
Arts-Entertainment-Recreation 9
Accommodation and food services 4
Other services (except public administration) 14
Public administration 5

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Exporting establishments in Nova Scotia were evenly split between Halifax and outside of Halifax. In 2019, there were 518 exporting establishments in Halifax and 519 outside of Halifax. Outside of Halifax, there were more establishments in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting and manufacturing, while Halifax had more establishments in manufacturing and service-based industries.

Industry Halifax Outside of Halifax
All industries 518 519
Agriculture-Forestry-Fishing-Hunting 10 92
Mining-Quarrying-Oil and gas extraction 0 12
Utilities 6 3
Construction 18 9
Manufacturing 108 179
Wholesale trade 149 119
Retail trade 63 41
Transportation and warehousing 23 13
Information and cultural industries 8 1
Finance and insurance 0 8
Real estate and rental and leasing 11 7
Professional-Scientific-Technical services 57 10
Management of companies and enterprises 9 2
Administrative and support-Waste management-Remediation services 8 5
Educational services 5 2
Health care and social assistance 7 0
Arts-Entertainment-Recreation 7 5
Accommodation and food services 0 8
Other services (except public administration) 16 12
Public administration 0 4

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The manufacturing industry accounted for 63.5 per cent of Nova Scotia’s merchandise exports in 2019. It also produced $13.0 million dollars in exports per establishment. Wholesale trade accounted for another 18.5 per cent of the province’s merchandise exports, while agriculture and fishing accounted for 7.1 per cent and mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction accounted for 6.2 per cent. Combined, these four industries generated 95.2 per cent of Nova Scotia’s merchandise exports and represent 64.5 per cent of the province’s exporting establishments.

Industry Value
Agriculture-Forestry-Fishing-Hunting 4.1
Mining-Quarrying-Oil and gas extraction 30.3
Utilities 0.2
Construction 0.2
Manufacturing 13
Wholesale trade 4
Retail trade 0.4
Transportation and warehousing 2.9
Information and cultural industries 0
Finance and insurance 2.1
Real estate and rental and leasing 3.3
Professional-Scientific-Technical services 0.3
Management of companies and enterprises 1.5
Administrative and support-Waste management-Remediation services 0.1
Educational services 0.2
Health care and social assistance 0.6
Arts-Entertainment-Recreation 0
Accommodation and food services 0.9
Other services (except public administration) 0.1
Public administration 0.2

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The value of exports per establishment was $3.0 million in Halifax and $8.3 million outside of Halifax. The higher value outside of Halifax largely reflects the higher value of manufacturing output outside of Halifax.

Industry Halifax Outside of Halifax
All industries 2.98 8.31
Agriculture-Forestry-Fishing-Hunting 22.69 2.03
Mining-Quarrying-Oil and gas extraction 0 4.93
Utilities 0.29 0.01
Construction 0.19 0.2
Manufacturing 3.51 18.66
Wholesale trade 3.09 5.23
Retail trade 0.42 0.26
Transportation and warehousing 3.76 1.29
Information and cultural industries 0.05 0.01
Finance and insurance 0 1.8
Real estate and rental and leasing 0.52 7.65
Professional-Scientific-Technical services 0.37 0.09
Management of companies and enterprises 1.76 0.57
Administrative and support-Waste management-Remediation services 0.08 0.18
Educational services 0.29 0.02
Health care and social assistance 0.59 0
Arts-Entertainment-Recreation 0.03 0.07
Accommodation and food services 0 0.84
Other services (except public administration) 0.07 0.05
Public administration 0 0

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Looking at detail results for the manufacturing sector, food manufacturing had the largest number of merchandise exporting establishments.

Sub-sector Number
Food manufacturing 74
Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing 9
Textile product mills 4
Clothing manufacturing 4
Wood product manufacturing 15
Paper manufacturing 7
Printing and related support activities 7
Chemical manufacturing 18
Plastics and rubber products manufacturing 22
Non-metallic mineral product manufacturing 6
Fabricated metal product manufacturing 27
Machinery manufacturing 22
Computer and electronic product manufacturing 18
Electrical equipment and appliance and component manufacturing 7
Transportation equipment manufacturing 14
Furniture and related product manufacturing 6
Miscellaneous manufacturing 20

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Two of the province’s significant export industries stand out in the value of exports per exporting establishment by manufacturing sub-sector – pulp and paper manufacturing and tire manufacturing. Both show significantly above average export value per establishment.

Sub-sector Millions of Dollars
Food manufacturing 11.05
Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing 0.08
Textile product mills 5.72
Clothing manufacturing 2.88
Wood product manufacturing 7.15
Paper manufacturing 60.82
Printing and related support activities 0.02
Chemical manufacturing 16.02
Plastics and rubber products manufacturing 67.02
Non-metallic mineral product manufacturing 1.66
Fabricated metal product manufacturing 1.32
Machinery manufacturing 5.45
Computer and electronic product manufacturing 5.91
Electrical equipment and appliance and component manufacturing 7.35
Transportation equipment manufacturing 5.06
Furniture and related product manufacturing 0.27
Miscellaneous manufacturing 0.16

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Of the province’s 1,037 establishments participating in international merchandise exports in 2019, above 70 per cent exported to a single country. However, the 309 establishments that exported to two or more countries accounted for 75.0 per cent of the total value of merchandise exports and had a much higher export value per establishment.

Group Share of Exporting Establishments
1 partner country 70.2
2 or more partner countries 29.8

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Looking at the province’s largest merchandise export destinations, 792 establishments exported to the United States in 2019, accounting for 67.6 per cent of the value of merchandise exports. Exports to the United States had the second largest value per establishment with exports to China holding the highest value per establishment in 2019. There has been significant growth in the number of firms exporting to, and the value of exports destined for, Asian markets. From 2010 to 2019, the value of merchandise exports from Nova Scotia to Asian markets has more than doubled, displacing Europe as the province’s second largest export market. In particular, firms exporting to China, Japan, and South Korea have steadily grown.

Nova Scotia's 10 Largest Export Destinations, 2019

 

Value of Exports (x1,000)

Number of Establishments *

Value per Establishment (x1,000)

United States

$3,961,85

792

$5,002

China

$842,028

119

$7,076

Japan

$122,43

67

$1,827

South Korea

$87,485

71

$1,232

United Kingdom

$78,011

98

$796

France

$73,78

138

$535

Netherlands

$71,307

62

$1,150

Mexico

$60,236

23

$2,619

Belgium

$52,289

54

$968

Germany

$49,583

63

$787

*Note that the sum of the exporting establishments column exceeds the provincial total of 1,037. This is because some establishments export to two or more countries.

Number of Partner Countries Value Per Establishment
1 partner country 2.02
2 or more partner countries 14.21

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CHANGES TO THE INDICATOR, BASELINE, OR TARGET:

  • We were not able to replicate the baseline number quoted in the Report of the Nova Scotia Commission on Building our New Economy.
  • A new data source has since become available from Statistics Canada, which was adopted here.
  • This new data source measures the number of business establishments participating in international merchandise exports. Note that an establishment is not the same as a business. A business can own multiple establishments.
  • The change in indicator results in a new, higher baseline, but the target is still assumed to require 50% growth over the baseline.