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 $1.44 billion in calendar year (CY) 1997, up nearly 2 percent from CY 1996. Of these groups, cocoa and cocoa products, and coffee and coffee products increased, offsetting the declines in the other groups. U.S. exports of cocoa and cocoa products totaled $433.8 million in CY 1997, up 8 percent. And U.S. exports of coffee and coffee products rose nearly 9 percent in CY 1997 to $218.1 million.
U.S. exports of tropical and related products, plus sugar and related products, totaled a record $2.71 billion in CY 1997, up nearly 4 percent, or $102 million from CY 1996. 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.