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Colombian fruit exports to the US surpass pre-pandemic levels increasing by 47%

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An analysis by the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Colombia, with information from the US Census Bureau, revealed that in the first semester of 2021, Colombian fruit exports to the United States amounted to $ 137.8 million and grew by 28.1% over the same period of the previous year.

However, if the figures are compared with the first semester of 2019, the increase in fruit exports in 2021 stood at 47.1%, exceeding the sales that Colombia made to that market in the period before the pandemic.

“The trade agreement between Colombia and the United States sets clear rules for business and the agricultural sector has been one of the main beneficiaries of the elimination of tariffs and the use of other advantages, such as the geographical distance that facilitates the trade of this type of products,” stated the director of AmCham Colombia, Maria Claudia Lacouture.

By products: fresh or dried lemons went from $ 5.4 million in the first half of 2020 to $ 17.4 million, reflecting a 219.4% growth.

Fresh fruit exports increased by 110.2% totaling $ 179,754 in that period. Various species registered important increases, such as fresh oranges (+ 80.5%); raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, loganberries, and currants (+ 72.8%); fresh or dried pineapples (+ 56.2%); cranberries, bilberries, and other fruits (+ 51.7%); black, white or red currants, including gooseberries (+ 38.5%); fruits and other fruits that were uncooked or cooked in water or steam, frozen, with or without added sugar or other sweeteners (+ 22.3%); fresh or dried bananas (+ 22.3%).

The new exports when compared to the first half of 2020 were exports of strawberries that were uncooked or cooked in water or steam, frozen; fresh or dried dates, and dried coconuts.

It's worth noting that, in 2020, the fruit sector grew by 18%, from 198.9 million dollars in 2019 to 234.7 million.

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