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Mexican agri-food exports grew more than 4 percent in the first half of 2020

Mexico’s food exports surged 4 percent above last year for the first half of 2020 despite the pandemic, and while fresh produce factors heavily, it wasn’t the top export item.

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Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) reported that Mexican agri-food exports rose 4.26 percent to $20.68 billion during the first half of 2020.

This was led by beer, accounting for sales of over $2 billion during that period, followed by avocados ($1.8 billion), tomatoes ($1.4 billion), tequila and mezcal ($1.04 billion), sugar and sweeteners ($949 million), and peppers and chiles ($873 million).

The biggest jump of 116 percent, compared to the same period last year, belonged to wheat; followed by pork (43 percent), corn (39 percent), coffee (22 percent), and onion and garlic (22 percent).

Other commodities such as avocados recorded a 21 percent increase, followed by tomatoes (19 percent), bakery products (15 percent), and tequila and mezcal (16 percent).

SADER officials stated, “this is the highest monthly increase so far this year, due to the export dynamics of the agricultural sector and the demand for Mexican products in internationals markets.”

Mexico’s biggest exports mostly consist of motor vehicles, auto parts, gasoline, computer chips, computers, liquified natural gas, electrical machines, and medical equipment; all taking part in the $472.3 billion worth of goods that Mexico exported in 2019.

In descending order, Mexico’s top trading partners in 2019 were the U.S., Canada, Germany, China, Brazil, Japan Colombia, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and the Netherlands.

Marco Campos is Media Coordinator, Latin America for Blue Book Services