U.S. fruit imports see slight drop in January as vegetables nudge up

U.S. fruit imports see slight drop in January as vegetables nudge up

U.S. fruit imports see slight drop in January as vegetables nudge up

U.S. fruit imports fell by 2 percent year-on-year in January, while vegetable imports rose by the same level, USDA data shows.

The drop in fruit imports to $1.95 billion was led by avocados, which fell by 18 percent to $212 million and table grapes which saw a 19 percent decline to $226 million.

This total decline in the fruit category was partially offset by cherries which almost doubled to $19 million, strawberries which increased by 14 percent to $189 million, as well as raspberries and organic blueberries.

Total fruit imports in January this year were their second-highest ever, following the January 2020 record of $1.99 billion. Prior to that, they had risen significantly from $1.55 billion in 2016.

In terms of supplying countries, in January 2021 the U.S. imported 2 percent more fruit from Mexico, 17 percent less from Peru, 1 percent less from Chile, and 10 percent less from Guatemala.

Meanwhile, the uptick in vegetable imports to $1.6 billion was driven by fresh bell peppers rising by 21 percent to $60 million, and increases in the frozen vegetable category, which increased by 7 percent to $231 million.

The increase was partially offset by greenhouse tomatoes which fell by 4 percent to $183 million and cucumbers, which dropped by 18 percent to $81 million.

Total vegetable imports in January 2021 set a new record, having risen at a similar pack to fruit imports since 2016 when $1.29 billion of vegetables were imported.

Imports from Mexico were flat, while from Canada they rose 7 percent, from Peru they dropped 3 percent, and from China they fell 10 percent.

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