U.S. apple exports were down 19 per cent in October compared to the same period last year, according to trade data from the United States Department of Agriculture. That translates to 55,672 thousand metric tonnes being shipped, a decline from 68,666 thousand metric tonnes in 2017. USapple.org reports that approximately one of every four fresh apples grown in the U. S. is exported.
The reason for the drop? Retaliatory tariffs applied by key trading partners: Mexico 25 per cent, China 40 per cent, and India 50 per cent. There’s no good news in sight at this time for American growers as India contemplates imposing an additional 25 per cent tariff in retaliation for the U.S. tariffs on aluminum and steel from India. Despite India’s announced intentions, increases have been delayed several times since August.
Toward the end of the 2018 apple growing season, TheGrower.org reported that the harvest looked promising for most growing areas of Canada, with yields likely to be up 14 per cent over 2017. Canada exported 35,228 metric tonnes of apples in 2017, with a value of almost $52 million, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
The article also noted that with trade wars heating up, it could be a good time for Canadian exporters to search out new markets. Three months later with no resolutions in sight south of the border, that advice may be even more timely today.
Source: USDA apple export data