The 2021 U.S. Agricultural Export Yearbook provides a statistical summary of U.S. agricultural commodity exports to the world. This summary lists the United States’ top 15 trading partners. The Yearbook is produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) using trade data published by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of the Census. Foreign country export data was sourced from the reporting countries’ national statistical agencies as reported through Trade Data Monitor.
The 2021 U.S. Agricultural Export Yearbook consists of two sections: (1) top U.S. commodity exports
(2) top destinations for U.S. exports.
Value of fresh fruit and vegetable exports
In 2021, the value of U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable exports to the world reached $7.2 billion, a 4-percent increase from the prior year. Due to geographic proximity and climate, Canada remained the top U.S. market, accounting for 52 percent of total exports valued at $3.7 billion.
Mexico came in a distant second with 14 percent of U.S. exports, while no other markets had more than 6 percent share of exports. U.S. strawberry exports had the largest growth, up $68 million on higher exports to Canada, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia. U.S. apple exports had the second-largest growth, up $62 million on higher exports to Mexico, Taiwan, and Canada.
U.S. grape exports experienced the greatest drop, down $61 million from 2020, with the largest losses in South Korea, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. Fruit and vegetable exports to China were unchanged. However, Mexico saw a significant gain of $110 million. Apples, pears, peaches, citrus, table grapes, and cherries continue to make up nearly half of total U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable exports.