U.S. tropical product exports--essential oils, cocoa and cocoa products, coffee and coffee products, spices, tea (including herbal) and products, and ginseng--totaled $1.43 billion in calendar year (CY) 1999, an increase of 6 percent over CY 1998. All of these groups increased in value from last year. U.S. exports of cocoa and cocoa products reached a record $436.4 million, an increase of nearly 12 percent from 1998. U.S. exports of coffee and coffee products continue to climb and reached a record $241.6 million in CY 1999, up 4 percent. U.S. exports of spices were up again in 1999 and totaled $110.4 million in CY 1999, up over 2 percent from the 1998 level which was up a whopping 25 percent from CY 1997. U.S. exports of essential oils increased slightly to $531.2 million in CY 1999, but still are not recovered to the record level of 1996.
U.S. exports of tropical and related products, plus sugar and related products, totaled $2.65 billion in CY 1999, an increase of 2.3 percent from the previous year's level and down less than 1 percent from the record in 1997. 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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