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Despite retaliatory tariffs in key markets, U.S. fresh apple exports have performed well so far in 2018.

U.S. apple exports from January through July this year are 21% in value and 19% in volume compared with a year ago, according to the latest trade data.

Exports to China were down by nearly 20% in the January through July period compared with year-ago levels. China imposed retaliatory tariffs of about 50% on U.S. apples earlier this year in response to U.S. tariffs on Chinese steel, aluminum and other goods.

Other markets performed fairly well, with Mexico sales up 8% and sales to India up more than 100%.

Mexico slapped U.S. apples with a 20% retaliatory tariff in June, but January through July exports were still well above year-ago levels.

India has promised stiff retaliatory tariffs on U.S. fresh apple imports but has not yet imposed those tariffs through early September.

Total U.S. fresh apple exports from January through July totaled $667 million in 2018, up 21% from $558 million in the same period a year ago. The volume of U.S. fresh apple exports totaled 636,000 metric tons from January through July, up 19% from 533,000 metric tons in 2017.

The USDA reported the top ten apple exports for January through July, by value and destination, were:

  • Mexico: $201 million, up 8%;
  • Canada: $102 million, no change;
  • India: $152 million, up 104%;
  • Taiwan: $22 million, down 29%;
  • Hong Kong: $18 million, down 12%;
  • Indonesia: $17 million, down 11%;
  • Vietnam: $21 million, up 52%;
  • United Arab Emirates: $17 million, up 5%;
  • Saudi Arabia: $17 million, up 54%;
  • Dominican Republic: $9 million, up 20%; and
  • China: $8 million, down 18%.