Fruits and Vegetables

In 2020, the value of U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable exports to the world reached $6.9 billion, a 2- percent decline from the prior year. Due to geographic proximity and climate, Canada remained the top U.S. market, accounting for 49 percent of total exports, or $3.5 billion. Mexico came in a distant second with 10 percent of U.S. exports while no other markets had more than 7 percent share of exports.

U.S. apple exports experienced the greatest drop, down $105 million from 2019 and accounting for more than half of the overall decline, with the largest losses in Taiwan, India, and Canada. U.S. orange exports had the largest growth, up $48 million on higher exports to South Korea and Canada. Fruit and vegetable exports to China declined for the third year in a row. However, South Korea saw a significant gain of $61 million. Apples, pears, peaches, citrus, table grapes, and cherries continue to make up nearly half of total U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable exports.

More information from the 2020 U.S. Agricultural Export Yearbook

USDA's latest official data on U.S. and global trade, production, consumption and stocks, as well as analysis of developments affecting world trade in fruits and vegetables, can be found in the Citrus: World Markets and Trade report, Fresh Apples, Grapes, and Pears: World Markets and Trade report, and the Stone Fruit: World Markets and Trade report.

Data and Analysis

A French ban on the sales of fruit and vegetables with identifying stickers threatens exports of U.S. sweet potatoes (approx. $20 million in sales annually) and grapefruits ($8 million annually).
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Chile: Raisin Annual

For MY2021/22, Post projects 59,000 MT of raisin production and 56,200 MT of exports. This will represent a one percent decrease in Chilean raisin production and exports.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Tanzania: Tanzania Notification on Canned Vegetables

On June 10, 2021, Tanzania notified a draft East African Standard on Canned vegetables — Specification (DEAS 1060:2021) to the WTO SPS Committee as G/SPS/N/TZA/138.

News and Features

Mexico’s Supreme Court has released a final, unanimous ruling on a case that puts U.S. fresh potatoes one step closer to finally gaining access to Mexico following nearly 20 years of negotiations.
October 1, 2020
Communications to Congress

U.S. Specialty Crops Trade Issues – 2019 Report to Congress

Contact: WASHINGTON, March 24, 2020 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today announced continued progress in the implementation of the agriculture-related provisions of...

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