Top Imported Fruits Most Loved by Americans

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Avocados, bananas and fresh grapes are America’s three most popular imported fruits. Collectively they represent 47.6% of the value of all fruits imported into the United States during 2017.

Overall in 2017, U.S. demand amounted to US$14.6 billion worth of imported fruits. That dollar amount equals a 44.1% increase from the value of America’s imported fruits during 2013 and a 15.3% year-over-year uptick from 2016 to 2017.

In contrast, exported fruits from the US were valued at $6.6 billion–less than half of America’s total spent on fruits imported from 113 countries or territories around the globe. Thus the U.S. incurred a formidable -$8 billion trade deficit in the international trade of fruits during 2017.

America’s Most Beloved Imported Fruits

The following list showcases the top 15 imported fruits most in demand by Americans. Combined, these 15 fruit categories represent a total 90.8% of the overall value of US-imported fruits.

  1. Avocados: US$2.7 billion (18.6% of America’s imported fruits)
  2. Bananas not plantains: $2.5 billion (17.3%)
  3. Fresh grapes: $1.7 billion (11.7%)
  4. Fresh raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, loganberries: $1 billion (6.8%)
  5. Fresh cranberries, bilberries: $970.1 million (6.6%)
  6. Pineapples: $749.7 million (5.1%)
  7. Guavas, mangoes: $656.4 million (4.5%)
  8. Fresh strawberries: $642.6 million (4.4%)
  9. Lemons, limes: $550.5 million (3.8%)
  10. Melons not watermelons: $439.1 million (3%)
  11. Watermelons: $349 million (2.4%)
  12. Mandarins including tangerines: $277.3 million (1.9%)
  13. Apples: $268.1 million (1.8%)
  14. Plantains: $228 million (1.6%)
  15. Oranges: $194.7 million (1.3%)

Fastest-growing among the above 15 categories from 2013 to 2017 were avocados (up 138.9%), fresh raspberries, blackberries and similar berries (up 117.7%), fresh strawberries (up 94.6%) then lemons and limes (up by 94.3%).

The slowest-growing fruits fulfilling Americans’ dietary needs were apples (up 2.3%), bananas excluding plantains (up 7.4%) and watermelons (up 7.6%).

Top Suppliers by Continent and Country

Latin America including Mexico plus the Caribbean furnished over four-fifths (81.8%) of the imported fruits that American consume. Asia placed a distant second accounting for 11.9% of U.S. imported fruits.

Smaller percentages were sourced from Africa (2.3%), Europe (1.3%) and Oceania (1.1%) led by New Zealand and Australia. North American trade partner (2%) also fed Americans’ hunger for imported fruits.

Listed below in descending order are the top 10 countries that supplied 81.8% of total fruits imported by America in 2017.

  1. Mexico: US$5.8 billion (39.9% of U.S.-imported fruits)
  2. Chile: $1.8 billion (12.5%)
  3. Guatemala: $1.2 billion (8.1%)
  4. Vietnam: $1 billion (6.8%)
  5. Costa Rica: $977.3 million (6.7%)
  6. Peru: $739.9 million (5.1%)
  7. Ecuador: $372.6 million (2.5%)
  8. Honduras: $365.7 million (2.5%)
  9. Canada: $291.9 million (2%)
  10. India: $187.2 million (1.3%)

Leading U.S. imported fruits from Mexico are avocados, while grapes are the number 1 fruit shipped to America from Chile and Peru. Bananas top the list of fruits imported from Guatemala, Ecuador and Honduras.

American imports of fresh tamarinds, lychees and passion fruit top the list of fruits imported from Vietnam. Pineapples is the most valuable fruit imported from Costa Rica.

See also Bananas Exports by Country, Grapes Exports by Country, Avocados Exports by Country and Pineapples Exports by Country

Research Sources
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on July 26, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on July 26, 2018

Wikipedia, Fruit. Accessed on July 26, 2018