Fresh produce imports are big business, with several peak periods throughout the calendar year.. In 2021, the US imported $23 billion in fresh fruit, $16 billion in fresh vegetables, $15 billion in grains, and $3 billion in nuts. The perishable goods trade has increased significantly in recent decades, thanks to improvements in shipping and storage technology, changes in trade laws, and increasing consumer demand.
The freshness window for produce is small and timely delivery is everything. Meanwhile, staying on top of entry logistics is a challenge. Guidelines vary by product, so knowing what’s important and how USDA, FDA, and CBP compliance guidelines apply to those items is key to swiftly getting your products cleared and on their way. Download the infographic to learn: