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U.S. Food Imports


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.

This data set provides import values of edible products (food and beverages) entering U.S. ports and their origin of shipment. Data are from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau. Food and beverage import values are compiled by calendar year into food groups corresponding to major commodities or level of processing. At least 10 years of annual data are included, enabling users to track long-term growth patterns.

Data Set  Download as Excel
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Value of U.S. food imports, by food group Back to top
Summary data on food import values for 14 food categories, annual data since 1999. Download as Excel3/27/2014
Volume of U.S. food imports, by food groupBack to top
Summary data on food import volumes for 14 food categories, annual data since 1999.Download as Excel3/27/2014
Value of U.S. food imports, detailed tables by food groupBack to top
Live meat animalsDownload as Excel3/27/20143/30/2015
Meats and meat productsDownload as Excel3/27/20143/30/2015
Fish and shellfishDownload as Excel3/27/20143/30/2015
Dairy products Download as Excel3/27/20143/30/2015
Vegetables and vegetable preparationsDownload as Excel3/27/20143/30/2015
Fruits and fruit preparationsDownload as Excel3/27/20143/30/2015
Nuts and nut preparationsDownload as Excel3/27/20143/30/2015
Coffee, tea, and spicesDownload as Excel3/27/20143/30/2015
Grains, grain products, and bakery foodsDownload as Excel3/27/20143/30/2015
Vegetable oils and oilseedsDownload as Excel3/27/20143/30/2015
Sugar, sweeteners, and confectionsDownload as Excel3/27/20143/30/2015
Cocoa products and chocolate Download as Excel3/27/20143/30/2015
Sauces, essence oils, and other ediblesDownload as Excel3/27/20143/30/2015
Wine, beer, and other beveragesDownload as Excel3/27/20143/30/2015
Unit value of U.S. food imports, by food group Back to top
Summary data on food import unit values for 14 food categories, annual data since 1999.Download as Excel3/27/2014
HS Codes for U.S. Food ImportsBack to top
HS (Harmonized System) codes for U.S. food importsDownload as Excel3/27/2014
All tables in one fileBack to top
All tables in one file, including HS codes for foodDownload as Excel3/27/2014

Last updated: Wednesday, February 04, 2015

For more information contact: Alberto Jerardo