About 656 metric tons of pears from Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and other Southern Hemisphere countries are expected to be imported in 2012, 15% fewer than last season, according to a March estimate from the Brussels-based World Apple and Pear Association.
In a February estimate from the association, Southern Hemisphere pear exports to the U.S. were expected to be 14% higher than last season.
Projected Southern Hemisphere apple exports changed slightly from February to March. The association is now expecting exports, at 1.64 million metric tons, to be 5% lower than last season. The February estimate projected imports to be 4% lower.