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EXPORT NEWS AND OPPORTUNITIES:
WORLD TRADE SITUATION AND POLICY UPDATES:
U.S. exports of horticultural products to all countries in November totaled $974 million, up five percent from the same month a year earlier. Eleven out of 15 categories registered increases. Categories with the most significant increases in November were fresh vegetables (up $14.4 million or 17 percent), wine (up $10.0 million or 38 percent), dried fruit (up $7.9 million or 22 percent), and canned and prepared fruit (up $7.3 million or 45 percent). The category with the most significant decrease was fresh citrus (down $9.3 million or 16 percent). In November 1997, 5 of the top 10 U.S. markets showed increases. Mexico registered the largest increase (up 29 percent over the same month a year ago). The largest decrease was to Brazil (down 36 percent). For FY 1998 to date (October/November), the total value of U.S. horticultural exports was $1.98 billion--1 percent below FY 1997.