An increase in banana exports to the EU and the US was recorded in the first half of 2018. Imports to the EU between January and August were up 4%, to 4 million tons, while shipments to the US between January and September were up 9% to 3.2 million tons, according to USDA and Eurostat data.
Europe’s main supplier, Ecuador, saw shipments increase 12% to 1.7 million tons, while the third largest supplier, Costa Rica, boosted exports by 8%, to 837,000 tons. Falls were recorded for Colombia (-2%, 902,000 tons), the Dominican Republic (-4%, 198,000 tons), and the Ivory Coast (-1%, 197,000 tons).
The main banana supplier of the US, Guatemala, increased shipments by 6%, to 1.4 million tons, while the second largest supplier, Costa Rica, reported a 4% rise, to 649,000 tons. However, the number-three supplier, Honduras, registered 4% lower shipments (360,000 tons). Ecuadorian banana exports soared 39% to 353,000 tons, while Mexican banana exports to the US rocketed 22%, to 241,000 tons.