According to the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), Mexican exports of agricultural products to Japan increased by 16 percent during the first half of 2015 when compared to the same period last year.
The General Coordination of International Affairs stated that, between January and June 2015, Mexico had exported agricultural food products (which includes agricultural, livestock, fisheries and agro-industry products, mainly) to Japan worth $631 million dollars.
They stated that the main Mexican products sold in Japan were: pork and beef; fruit and vegetables (avocado, mango, limes, squash and asparagus); tuna, and products such as tequila, orange juice, and coffee, among others.
Sagarpa stated that Mexico maintained a balance surplus with Japan of $629 million dollars, up to the first half of 2015, and that in 2014 Mexican agricultural exports had amounted to US $977 million.
Recently, they stated, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan notified Mexico's National Health, Food Safety and Quality Service (SENASA) that Mexico had been authorized to export pasteurized liquid egg to Japan, opening a new market niche for Mexican products in Asia.
They said that agro-food exports in the first half of the year (including agricultural, livestock and agro-industrial subsectors) had grown by 5.2 percent annual rate and stood at 14.3 million dollars.
According to them, agricultural exports stood at 7,286 million dollars and agro-industrial exports stood at 7,013 million dollars, an increase of 7.6 and 2.9 percent, respectively, when compared with the same previous period.
With regard to the trade balance of agricultural food goods, they stated that in the same period this achieved a surplus of 1,571 million dollars, reversing the trend of deficit that occurred in this sector for several years.
The leading Mexican food products exported to the world are: vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and pumpkins), beverages (beer and tequila, mainly), fruits (avocado and berries), confectionery, seafood (shrimp and tuna) and meat (beef and pork).
SAGARPA said that Mexican agricultural food products were sent to more than 140 countries and regions, and the main ones include: the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Europe, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, among others.