Dry Bean Exports Up
April 19, 2018
According to a report from the U.S. Dry Bean Council, U.S. dry bean exports totaled 225,650 metric tons (MT) in the first five months of this marketing year (September-January), up nearly 21 percent compared to the same period the previous year. The top five destinations were Mexico (67,378 MT), Canada (35,013 MT), Italy (21,939 MT), the UK (20,201 MT), and the Dominican Republic (16,745 MT).
The report, filed by South & Central America and Caribbean International Representative Ellen Levinson and Regional Market Consultant Dario Bard, lists a total of 37,495 MT of dry bean exports to trading partners in Central and South America and the Caribbean. The top destinations in the region were the Dominican Republic (16,745 MT), Haiti (6,052 MT), Colombia (3,456 MT), Guatemala (2,697 MT), and Panama (1,714 MT).
Compared to the same period the previous year, exports were up to Haiti (+60%), Guatemala (+78%), Panama (+30%), Jamaica (+36%), Peru (+754%), and Honduras (+337%).
The top five bean classes exported to Central and South America and the Caribbean were pinto beans (16,146 MT), black beans (4,357 MT), light red kidney beans (2,940 MT), small red beans (2,045 MT), navy beans (1,912 MT), and cranberry beans (1,236 MT).