U.S Food Imports

The United States imports about 15 percent of its overall food supply. Today more than 200 countries or territories and roughly 125,000 food facilities plus farms supply approximately 32 percent of the fresh vegetables, 55 percent of the fresh fruit, and 94 percent of the seafood that Americans consume annually.



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.

Top 10 imports products : Live meat animals,Meats,Fish and shellfish,Dairy,Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts,Coffee, tea, and spices,Grains and Vegetable oils.

Top 5 food suppliers from Asia : China,India,Indonesia,Vietnam and Thailand.

 

Source : FDA and USDA.



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