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U.S. tropical product exports--essential oils, cocoa and cocoa products, coffee and coffee products, spices, tea (including herbal) and products, and ginseng--totaled a record $1.62 billion in calendar year (CY) 2000, an increase of nearly 13 percent over CY 1999. All of these groups increased in value from last year. U.S. exports of essential oils reached $601.2 million, up 13 percent from 1999, but still 1 percent below the record 1996 level. U.S. exports of cocoa and cocoa products reached a record $534.7 million, up 22 percent from the previous year. U.S. exports of coffee and coffee products continue to climb and reached a record $249.8 million in CY 2000. U.S. exports of spices were up again in 2000 and totaled $114.4 million, up over 3 percent from the 1999 level. For tea (including herbal) and ginseng, while both groups showed increases over the 1999 levels, neither one surpassed prior record years. U.S. exports of tea (including herbal) totaled $73.7 million in 2000, up almost 1 percent from 1999. Ginseng recovered to $41.5 million, up 12 percent from the previous year. Note: Essential oils and ginseng export statistics are also included in the export value total for horticultural products in the "World Horticultural Trade and U.S. Export Opportunities" circular.
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