U.S. tropical product exports--essential oils, cocoa and cocoa products, coffee and coffee products, spices, tea (including herbal) and products, and ginseng--totaled $1.36 billion in fiscal year (FY) 1999, a decline of 1 percent from FY 1998. Of these groups, coffee and coffee products, tea exports (including herbal tea) and spices showed increases. U.S. exports of coffee and coffee products reached a record $235.7 million in FY 1999, up nearly 3 percent from last year. U.S. exports of spices totaled $114.3 million in FY 1999, up 14 percent. U.S. exports of essential oils declined for the second year in a row to $507.5 million in FY 1999.
U.S. exports of tropical and related products, plus sugar and related products, totaled $2.58 billion in FY 1999, down nearly 2 percent from FY 1998. Essential oils and the group glucose and fructose, accounted for most of the decline. 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.