The United States of America is one of the largest food importers in the world.
Despite the efficiency and speed of its food production systems, it imports 15% of its food supply, as it seeks to secure a safe, varied, and available food supply throughout the year, to meet the various demands and desires of consumers.In addition, Therefore, the density of the population and the different nationalities require it to import a variety of foods from all parts of the world.
According to the 2019 USDA report, total US imports of fresh vegetables were $ 9.07 billion, an increase of 7% compared to 2018.
Among the most prominent types of imported vegetables:
- Tomato, Pepper, Cucumber, and Zucchini.
- Fresh cauliflower and broccoli.
- Potato, garlic, and beans. These types are imported from the most important producing countries such as Mexico, China, Canada, Peru, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.
Also, the USA's imports of fresh and frozen fruits progressed in 2019 from what they were in 2018, with an increase of 8%, reaching $15.06 billion.
Among the most important fruit imports:
- Citrus fruits and fresh melons.
- Fresh and frozen strawberries.
- Fresh berries, bananas, and grapes.
- Avocado and pineapple.
All these types of fruits are imported from all over the world, especially from Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, and Peru.In addition to the fact that it imports a lot of seafood from all over the world, especially from China such as:
- Salmon, tilapia, and farmed catfish.
- Other types of seafood.
- Grouper, bream, and crab.
As for meat and poultry of various kinds, the USA works to import them to maintain the integrity of its supply chains, after making sure that they are safe and in conformity with international quality standards, Mexico, New Zealand, and Canada are among the main sources of imported beef.
In the end,
All this makes the United States of America one of the largest food importers in the world, and this import helps it meet the ever-changing demands and desires of consumers, and contributes to maintaining store shelves full of products, and the safety of supply chains from disruption.