Guía Comercial por Países
In New Zealand, consumer-oriented agricultural products have trended upward over the past several years, but fell slightly in 2009 to US $1.65 billion. Australia is by far the leading supplier with a 47% market share followed by the United States at 10% and China at 4%.
Even with the current economic downturn, Japan continues to represent one of the best opportunities in the world for U.S. exporters of food products. The total food and drink market in Japan is huge, valued at around $700 billion. In 2009, the United States exported $11.8 billion worth of agricultural and fish products to Japan ($12.3 billion including forestry products). New trends are developing such as Japanese consumers are becoming more health conscious.
This report provides information on Brazilian market and import procedures for food and beverage products. Although, the Brazilian importer is the key player during this process, it is crucial for U.S. exporters to understand the different steps in order to help make the process run more efficiently.
Costa Rica imports over 47% of its agricultural needs from the United States. Top U.S. exports include wheat, rice, soybeans, and corn. However, consumer-ready products show greatest potential for expanded export growth, though current values are small compared to bulk commodities. Greatest potential is seen in fresh fruits, pork, poultry, nuts, sauces, juices, frozen potatoes, cheeses, fresh vegetables, dried fruits, and beans.
Guatemala has Central America’s largest economy, accounting for almost one-third of the region’s gross domestic product (GDP). Guatemala’s GDP in 2009 totaled US$38.9 billion, and grew at the rate of 0.9 percent compared to the previous year. According to the Bank of Guatemala, inflation rate is forecast at 5 percent. Agriculture is the principal contributor to the production of goods and the economy relies on the incomes generated by the tourism sector, remittances from the U.S. and international trade, especially exports of goods to the United States.