U.S. tropical product exports--essential oils, cocoa and cocoa products, coffee and coffee products, spices, tea (including herbal) and products, and ginseng--totaled $1.55 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2000, an increase of nearly 14 percent from FY 1999. Of these groups, cocoa and cocoa products, coffee and coffee products, and essential oils showed increases. U.S. exports of coffee and coffee products reached a record $250.9 million in FY 2000, up nearly 6 percent from last year. U.S. exports of cocoa and cocoa products rose nearly 24 percent to $488.4 million. And after two consecutive years of decline, U.S. exports of essential oils rose to $591.7 million, up nearly 17 percent from last year.
U.S. exports of tropical and related products, plus sugar and related products, totaled a record $2.89 billion in FY 2000, up nearly 10 percent from FY 1999. Sugar confectionery, as well as the groupings listed above, accounted for much of the gain. 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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