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.


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All tables in one file
All tables in one file, including HS codes for food 3/30/2015
HS codes for U.S. food imports
HS (Harmonized System) codes for U.S. food imports 11/4/2015
Source countries of U.S. food imports
Food import sources 3/30/2015
Unit value of U.S. food imports, by food group
Summary data on food import unit values for 14 food categories, annual data since 1999. 11/4/2015
Value of U.S. food imports, by food group
Summary data on food import values for 14 food categories, annual data since 1999. 11/4/2015
Value of U.S. food imports, detailed tables by food group
Live meat animals 11/4/2015
Meats and meat products 11/4/2015
Fish and shellfish 11/4/2015
Dairy products 11/4/2015
Vegetables and vegetable preparations 11/4/2015
Fruits and fruit preparations 11/4/2015
Nuts and nut preparations 11/4/2015
Coffee, tea, and spices 11/4/2015
Grains, grain products, and bakery foods 11/4/2015
Vegetable oils and oilseeds 11/4/2015
Sugar, sweeteners, and confections 11/4/2015
Cocoa products and chocolate 11/4/2015
Sauces, essence oils, and other edibles 11/4/2015
Wine, beer, and other beverages 11/4/2015
Volume of U.S. food imports, by food group
Summary data on food import volumes for 14 food categories, annual data since 1999. 11/4/2015