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U.S. imports of fresh fruits in May were down 10.4% compared with a year ago,  while fresh vegetable imports jumped 17%, according to newly released statistics.

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed fresh and frozen fruit imports were $1.24 billion in May, down 10.4% the same month a year ago.

Declines in the value of avocado, melon and grape imports contributed to the decline.

By way of contrast, U.S. fresh vegetable imports were $828 million in May, up 16.7% a year ago. Increases in the value of tomatoes and peppers fueled fresh vegetable import gains compared with a year ago.

By commodity, the USDA reported May U.S. import values, compared with May 2019:

  • Tomatoes: $249 million, up 52%;
  • Berries (excluding strawberries): $219 million, up 6.4%;
  • Avocados: $204 million, down 24.6%;
  • Bananas/plantains: $204 million, down 3.6%;
  • Peppers: $172 million, up 10.3%;
  • Grapes: $137 million, down 21.8%;
  • Melons: $99 million, down 31%;
  • Citrus: $82 million, up 7.8%;
  • Cucumbers: $71 million, up 0.8%;
  • Pineapples: $65 million, down 3%;
  • Mangoes: $62 million, down 6.2%;
  • Squash: $43 million, down 31.6%; and
  • Onions: $40 million, down 12.5%.
     

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