U.S. Records Increasing Imports of Mexican Cauliflower and Broccoli

10 May 2022
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The United States of America has increased imports of Mexican cauliflower and broccoli due to low domestic production. The broccoli production in California, where 90% of the domestic output is produced is facing significant challenges due to water shortages and rising temperatures. Lower domestic supply pushed the prices of broccoli upwards in the first two months of 2022, however, that upward trend took a sudden decline in March 2022 and has remained on a downward trend since.


In order to meet the domestic consumption, the U.S. imports Mexican cauliflower and broccoli. In fact, the US imports of cauliflower and broccoli from Mexico has been increased substantially from the last three years. According to our database, the US shared 96.9% of Mexico’s total cauliflower and broccoli exports in 2021. Get a complete picture of US imports of cauliflower and broccoli from Mexico from clean and complete data.   

 

U.S. imports of cauliflower and broccoli from Mexico by the year


According to our database, the U.S. imports of fresh-headed cauliflower and broccoli from Mexico have gone up from 2018 to 2021. America’s imports of these edible vegetables shared 96.9% of total Mexico’s exports of cauliflower and broccoli in 2021. The increasing import trend has benefited farmers from other exporting markets, who have seen growth in the US market. Take a look at the figures of the US imports of Mexican cauliflower and broccoli in the last ten years.



Year

Value US$ Million

2012

86.9

2013

143.0

2014

137.3

2015

199.0

2016

213.5

2017

269.6

2018

296.1

2019

341.1

2020

348.9

2021

347.7

 


Domestic production in the U.S. is difficult


Due to its seasonality, imports of fresh-headed cauliflower and broccoli compete directly with domestic production throughout the year, which implies that prices of these edible vegetables in the United States are very dependent on export market prices. Therefore, the considerable decline in prices of cauliflower and broccoli when US production is available directly affects US producers since their input costs are higher than those in traditional export markets.


Mexico is the top supplier of cauliflower and broccoli to the United States accounting for 96.9% of the total share with a volume of 238K million tonnes in 2021, complemented by Canada with 3% and Guatemala with 1%.


Broccoli production in Mexico has two marked seasons, March to May and August to October. Therefore, November and December are taken as the peak season for Mexican broccoli exports. In 2021, however, the high export season was affected by adverse climate conditions that caused a decline in production towards the end of 2021, which immediately affected export volumes.


Mexico’s exports of cauliflower and broccoli to the world by the year


Mexico is the world’s second-largest exporter of cauliflower and broccoli with a market share of around 20%. According to our database. Mexico shipped US$358.8 million worth of cauliflower and broccoli in 2021. For a decade, exports of Mexican cauliflower and broccoli have been increasing and potential growth will continue due to rising production of cauliflower and broccoli and increasing demand for these edible vegetables in the international market. Below given chart shows the dollar amount of Mexico’s exports of cauliflower and broccoli reported from 2012 to 2021.



Year

Value US$ Million

2012

100.2

2013

145.2

2014

139.5

2015

204.4

2016

219.7

2017

277.7

2018

306.3

2019

349.0

2020

357.3

2021

358.8

 


Although the United States of America is the world’s third-largest exporter of cauliflower and broccoli with a market share of 10%, the country also imports these edible vegetables from Mexico due to bad weather conditions and high prices. Now the US is importing cauliflower and broccoli from Mexico which will reduce the prices of these edible vegetables substantially. Access the latest and essential data to gain insights of Mexico’s exports of cauliflower and broccoli to the United States and the global countries. 

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