U.S. imports rise on strength of berries, grapes and avocados

05:34PM Jun 04, 2020
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Led by grapes, avocados and berries, U.S. imports of fruits and vegetables rose 6% from May 2019 through April, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture trade statistics.

Imports of fresh vegetables for the period were $9.31 billion for the year ending April, up 7%. Imports of frozen/fresh fruit were $15.08 billion, up 6%.

Combined U.S. imports of fruits and vegetables totaled $24.38 billion, up 6% from the previous year.

Imports of avocados increased 14% for the year ending in April, the value of grape imports rose 24% and berries (excluding strawberries) increased 8% compared with the previous year.

U.S. imports for the year from May 2019 to April 2020, with percentage change compared to the previous year:

  • Berries (excluding strawberries): $2.92 billion, up 8%;
  • Avocados: $2.79 billion, up 14%;
  • Bananas/Plantains (fresh/frozen), $2.46 billion, up 1%;
  • Tomatoes: $2.4 billion, up 1%;
  • Grapes: $1.77 billion, up 24%;
  •  Peppers: $1,66 billion, up 4%;
  • Citrus: $1.18 billion, down 6%; and
  • Strawberries (fresh or frozen): $1.01 billion, up 3%.

 

 

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