U.S. trade data shows fruit trade climbing, veggies soft

12/13/2012 09:43:00 AM
Tom Karst

Imports of all other fresh fruit totaled $4.7 billion, up 6.6% from the same period a year ago. Grapes account for 20% of fruit imports (other than bananas and plantains, which are combined in the USDA report), with berries (excluding strawberries) also close to 20%. Avocados account for 15% of U.S. fresh fruit imports, with pineapple 10% and citrus 9%, according to the U.S.

Imports of fruit from Mexico, the leading fruit supplier to the U.S., totaled $2.34 billion, up 15% from a year ago. Chile, the second leading supplier, provided $1.09 billion in fruit to the U.S., down 4.7% from a year ago.

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