Statistics Canada says exports and imports both slipped in March, but the country's trade surplus rose to $351-million from $273-million in February.
The agency says exports edged down 0.4 per cent to $39.5-billion with shipments of energy products leading the decline.
Imports decreased 0.6 per cent to $39.1-billion amid lower imports of energy products and industrial goods and materials.
Exports to the United States — Canada's biggest market —fell 2.1 per cent to $28.7 billion, the third consecutive monthly decrease.
Meanwhile, imports from the U.S. declined 1.4 per cent to $24.1-billion as our trade surplus with the Americans decreased to $4.6-billion in March from $4.9-billion in February.
Exports to countries other than the United States rose 4.5 per cent to $10.8-billion and imports increased 0.8 per cent to $15.1-billion, narrowing the trade deficit with those countries to $4.3-billion from $4.6-billion in February.