Mexico dominates U.S. produce imports - The Packer

Mexico dominates U.S. produce imports

04/04/2013 10:08:00 AM
Tom Karst

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that Mexico by far is the most important supplier of fresh produce to the U.S., accounting for 69% of U.S. fresh vegetable import value and 37% of U.S. fresh fruit import value in 2012.

U.S. imports of Mexican fresh fruit totaled $2.86 billion in 2012, with the import value increasing by an average of about 20% per year from 1999 to 2012. By comparison, the value of U.S. imports of Chilean fruit totaled $1.22 billion in 2012, up an average of 10% per year over the same period.

Mexico accounted for $4.05 billion in U.S. fresh vegetable imports in 2012. From 1999 to 2012, the average annual growth in the value of U.S. fresh vegetable imports from Mexico was 15%, compared with 14% annual growth in in the value of U.S. fresh imports from Canada. While Peru accounted for just 5% of U.S. fresh vegetable import value in 2012, annual growth in the value of imports of fresh vegetables from Peru averaged 31% from 1999 to 2012, according to the report.

Total U.S. vegetable import volume has increased at an average rate of 5.1% in the last twelve years, almost double the 2.7% average annual growth in the volume of U.S. fruit imports, according to the report.

The report said that average annual price inflation for U.S. vegetable imports from 1999 to 2011 was 3.3%, while the average price inflation for fruit imports was 5%.

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J. Oliver-Nogales Fruit & Recyling    
Nogales Az.  |  April, 04, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Fabulous news I agree 100%

Greg Ganzerla    
Lake Forest, CA  |  April, 05, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Now we just need to work on the slow border crossings and the lose of cooling chain during inspections!

Lake Park, GA  |  April, 08, 2013 at 08:43 AM

Wow, look at those numbers! As listed in the article a 20% yearly increase in import value totaling a 260% increase in 13 years. I would say those numbers are astronomically aggressive from a business standpoint. I would defiantly say exploitation or dumping has occurred during these years. I applaud the Florida Tomato Committee on their success on somewhat deterring Mexican growers and I think you will see other special interest groups follow suit. We are not just talking about a piece of fruit or vegetable instead it’s the U.S. food supply. If a 20% yearly increase stays constant, Mexico is aimed to be a majority stakeholder in the U.S. fresh produce industry. Food is not something that is guaranteed to us. Americans, why would we position ourselves as a country to give that power to someone else? Mexico has it’s place in the market place but it has overstepped its boundaries.

Ian Smetona    
San Clemente  |  April, 09, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Totally agree on this...great to see a local face on here!

Anonymous, v.2    
AZ  |  April, 10, 2013 at 09:32 AM

Mexico has overstepped its boundaries? Do you realize that if a freeze were to wipe out Mexican crops that domestic production CANNOT meet the demands of the American populous? Domestic production is costly and during the winter months simply does not provide a comparable product from a quality standpoint. The Mexican economy is growing much faster than that of the US and they have a rapidly increasing middle class which will keep the demand for fruits and vegetables within Mexico growing. I can appreciate your alarmist extremism but it simply is not reality...

Cheryl A.    
USA  |  June, 03, 2013 at 02:13 PM

Our own farmers here are struggling to make a living and we are importing vegetables and fruit from mexico. I can understand during the off season. But these imports are harming American farmers. Tomatoes, sweet peppers of all colors, broccoli.....come on USDA, Our farmers here can grow these thing too. Stop giving grants to farmers to NOT grow, and stop importing.

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