In July 2023, there is a decrease in US fruit and berry imports, reaching $990 million

US Fruit and Berry Imports

In July 2023, the amount of fruits and berries imported in the United States fell sharply to 915.000 tons, -15,2% less than the previous month. In general, imports continue to show a relatively flat trend. The pace of growth was fastest in March 2023, when imports rose 15% month-on-month.

In value terms, imports of fruits and berries decreased to $990 million (IndexBox estimates) in July 2023. Overall, imports recorded a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was most pronounced in March 2023, when imports increased by 15% from the previous month. As a result, imports peaked at $1.700 billion. From April 2023 to July 2023, import growth remained at a somewhat lower figure.

Imports by country

Mexico (225 thousand tons), Guatemala (182 thousand tons) and Costa Rica (158 thousand tons) were the main suppliers of fruits and berries imported to the United States, together representing 62% of total imports. These countries were followed by Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Honduras, which together accounted for another 25%.

From July 2022 to July 2023, the most notable growth rate in terms of purchases, among the main suppliers, was achieved by Chile (with a CAGR of +1,6%), while the imports of the other leaders experienced more modest growth rates.

In value terms, Mexico ($379 million) was the largest supplier of fruits and berries to the United States, representing 38% of total imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Chile ($104M), with a 10% share of total imports. Costa Rica followed, with a share of 9,6%.

From July 2022 to July 2023, Mexico's average monthly growth rate in value terms amounted to -1.1%. The other supplier countries recorded the following average monthly rates of import growth: Chile (+1,3% monthly) and Costa Rica (+1,0% monthly).

Imports by type

As of July 2023, bananas (424.000 tons) constituted the largest type of fruits and berries supplied to the United States and accounted for a 46% share of total imports. In addition, the banana exceeded five times the figures recorded by the second largest type, the pineapple (94.000 tons). The third position in this ranking was occupied by avocado (84.000 tons), with a share of 9,2%.

From July 2022 to July 2023, the average monthly growth rate in terms of banana import volume was relatively modest. As for the other products offered, the following average monthly growth rates were recorded: pineapple (-0,5% monthly) and avocado (-1,1% monthly).

In terms of value, the most traded types of fruits and berries in the United States were avocados ($257 million), bananas ($228 million), and raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and cranberries ($95 million), with a combined share of the 59% of the total. imports. These products were followed by mangoes, mangosteens and guavas, tangerines, tangerines, clementines, satsumas, pineapples, lemons and limes, oranges, apples, kiwis, papayas, fruits and berries, nep, strawberries, figs, watermelons, cherries and sour cherries. , pears and quinces, grapefruits, dates, melons, peaches and nectarines, citrus fruits not classified elsewhere and plums and sloes, which together accounted for another 41%.

Import prices by country

In July 2023, the price of fruits and berries stood at $1.082 per ton (CIF, US), an increase of 8,9% from the previous month. However, during the review period, the price of imports followed a relatively flat trend. The pace of growth was most pronounced in December 2022, when the average price of imports increased by 9,5% month-on-month. During the review period, average import prices peaked at $1.434 per ton in January 2023; However, from February 2023 to July 2023, import prices failed to regain momentum.

There were significant differences in average prices between the main supplier countries. In July 2023, the country with the highest price was Mexico ($1.682 per ton), while Honduras's price ($506 per ton) was among the lowest.

From July 2022 to July 2023, the most notable growth rate in terms of prices was achieved by Mexico (+0,8%), while the prices of the other major suppliers experienced more modest growth rates.

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