U.S. imports of both fruits and vegetables up in 2019, USDA reports

06:40PM Feb 18, 2020
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U.S. imports of both fruits and vegetables increased moderately in 2019, new trade figures reveal.

Total U.S. imports of fresh vegetables totaled $9.07 billion in 2019, up 7% compared with 2018. 

Meanwhile, the USDA report U.S. imports of fresh/frozen fruit totaled $15.06 billion, up 8% compared with 2018.

By dollar value, with comparison to 2018, leading fruit imports for 2019 were: 

  • Total fresh and frozen fruit: $15.06 billion, up 8%;
  • Berries (blueberries and raspberries: $2.92 billion, up 14%;
  • Avocados: $2.76 billion, up 18%;
  • Bananas/plantains: $2.4 billion, down 1%;
  • Fresh grapes: $1.65 billion, up 6%;
  • Fresh citrus: $1.23 billion, down 5%;
  • Fresh or frozen strawberries: $1.07 billion, up 41%;
  • Fresh melons: $694 million, up 5%; and
  • Fresh or frozen pineapples: $655 million, down 2%.


By dollar value, with comparison to 2018, leading U.S. vegetable imports for 2019 were: 

  • Fresh vegetables; $9.07 billion, up 7%;
  • Fresh tomatoes: $2.31 billion, down 3%;
  • Fresh peppers: $1.67 billion, up 13%;
  • Fresh cucumbers: $826 million, up 8%;
  • Fresh asparagus: $694.4 million, up 10%;
  • Fresh onions: $449 million, down 3$%;
  • Fresh squash: $388 million, up 5%;
  • Fresh lettuce: $368 million, up 30%;
  • Fresh cauliflower and broccoli: $347 million, up 18%;
  • Fresh potatoes: $208 million, down 8%;
  • Fresh garlic: $187 million, up 23%; and
  • Fresh beans: $151 million, up 3%.

 

 

 

 

By country of origin, 2019 import trends for fresh vegetables, compared with 2018, were:

  • Mexico: $6.3 billion, up 8%;
  • Canada: $1.62 billion, up 7%;
  • Peru: $330 million, up 8%;
  • Guatemala: $150.6 million, up 8%;
  • Costa Rica: $70.2 million, no change;
  • Ecuador: $37.8 million, up 39%;
  • Honduras: $53.9 million, down 3%;
  • Colombia: $15.1 million, up 3%; and 
  • China: $126.1 million, up 1%.

By country of origin, 2019 import trends for fresh or frozen fruit, compared with 2018, were:

  • Mexico: $7.3 billion, up 18%;
  • Chile: $1.4 billion, down 10%;
  • Peru: $1.3 billion, up 26%;
  • Canada: $399.8 million, up 2%;
  • Guatemala: $1.2 billion, down 3%;
  • Costa Rica: $978.9 million, down 3%;
  • Ecuador: $436.5 million, down 1%;
  • Honduras: $377 million, up 4%;
  • Colombia: $197 million, down 8%;
  • Argentina: $154 million, down 5%; and 
  • New Zealand: $127 million, down 9%.