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Fresh Vegetable Imports Continue to Increase

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Top Posts, Vegetables

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, fresh vegetable imports continued to increase in 2021, compared to the previous three years.

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Tomatoes’ import value in 2021 was approximately $2.1 billion, compared to $1.8 billion in 2018. Tomato imports were estimated at 3.2 billion pounds in 2021, compared to 3.1 billion in 2018.

Cucumbers’ value was $0.7 billion in 2021, compared to $0.5 billion in 2018. Cucumber imports were estimated at 1.7 billion pounds in 2021, compared to 1.5 billion in 2018.

Bell peppers were valued at $1.2 billion in 2021, compared to $0.9 billion in 2018. They were estimated at 1.4 billion pounds in imports in 2021, compared to 1.1 billion in 2018. But bell peppers increased by 11.2% from 2020 to 2021.

The most significant increase occurred in sweetpotatoes. Its import volume increased 360.7% from 2020 to 2021; 16 million pounds to 73 million pounds.

 The import volume in lettuce was estimated at 686 million pounds, which is a 22% increase from its 2020 total of 560 million pounds.

Chile peppers experienced a 19.3% increase in volume from 2020 to 2021; bulb onions an 18.7% increase; asparagus a 12.3% increase and carrots a 10.7%.

All told, the volume of fresh market vegetables increased by 9.8% from 2020 to 2021.