Imports of fresh fruits and vegetables continue to flood the U.S. markets and it is only increasing. According to the USDA Economic Research Service, Mexico was the top importer of fresh or frozen fruits as well as fresh or frozen vegetables.
Its fruit imports tallied $3.21 billion from October 2020 to February 2021. Its an increase from the $3.03 billion it recorded the prior year. February’s data indicates $746 million compared to $693 million in February 2020.
In fresh or frozen vegetables, Mexico’s three-month output from October 2020 to February 2020 was $3.8 billion, compared to $3.58 billion the prior year.
The top 10 importers of fresh and frozen fruits include: Mexico, Peru, Chile, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Canada, Honduras, Colombia and Brazil. The world total for the October to February timeframe was $6.82 billion, an increase from the $6.5 billion the prior year.
The top 10 importers of fresh and frozen vegetables include: Mexico, Canada, European Union-27, Peru, Guatemala, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. The world total for the October to February timeframe was $5.73 billion, compared to $5.44 billion.