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U.S. Food Imports

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Overview

U.S. consumers demand variety, quality, and convenience in the foods they consume. As Americans have become wealthier and more ethnically diverse, the American food basket reflects a growing share of tropical products, spices, and imported gourmet products. Seasonal and climatic factors drive U.S. imports of popular types of fruits and vegetables and tropical products, such as cocoa and coffee. In addition, a growing share of U.S. imports can be attributed to intra-industry trade, whereby agricultural-processing industries based in the United States carry out certain processing steps offshore and import products at different levels of processing from their subsidiaries in foreign markets.

This data set provides import values of edible products (food and beverages) entering U.S. ports and their origin of shipment. Data are from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau. Food and beverage import values are compiled by calendar year into food groups corresponding to major commodities or level of processing. At least 10 years of annual data are included, enabling users to track long-term growth patterns.

Data

Data Set
Last Updated
Next Update
Value of U.S. food imports, by food group
Summary data on food import values for 14 food categories, annual data since 1999.
March 2011
March 2012
Volume of U.S. imports by food group Volume of U.S. food imports, by food group
Summary data on food import volumes for 14 food categories, annual data since 1999.
March 2011
March 2012
 
March 2011
March 2012
Unit value of U.S. food imports, by food group
Summary data on food import unit values for 14 food categories, annual data since 1999.
March 2011
March 2012
All tables in one file, including HS codes for food
March 2011
March 2012

Data Updates

Calendar year updates are prepared in March/April following the release of annual calendar year trade data in February. Fiscal year data are provided upon request.

Related Links

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USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's U.S. Trade Internet System offers international trade statistics on agricultural, fish, forest, and textile products from 1989 to the present.

 

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Updated date: March 4, 2011