The contraction of U.S. foodservice business in April because of the COVID-19 crisis apparently contributed to a steep fall in U.S. fruit and vegetable imports, according to new trade numbers.
U.S. imports of fresh vegetables in April were $770.2 million, down 25% from March and off 6.5% from April 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Imports of fruit (both fresh and frozen) in April were $1.27 billion, off 23% from March and down 17% from April 2019, according to the USDA.
By commodity, imports of U.S. fresh produce in April, with percent change from April 2019, were:
- Berries (excluding strawberries: $284.9 million, up 3%;
- Bananas: $216 million, no change;
- Avocados: $191 million, down 41%;
- Tomatoes: $185 million, down 13%;
- Peppers: $150 million, down 8%;
- Grapes: $145 million, down 20%;
- Strawberries: $118 million, no change;
- Melons: $86 million, down 31%;
- Cucumbers: $78 million, up 3%;
- Pineapples: $50 million, down 25%; and
- Mangoes: $48 million, down 17%.