U.S. containerized banana imports rose 9.6 percent in the first half of 2012 year-over-year, to 205,699 20-foot-equivalent units, according to data from PIERS, a JOC sister company.
Second quarter imports shot up 13 percent year-over-year to 110,590 TEUs. They also increased 16.3 percent over the first quarter of 2012.
Guatemala was the largest source of U.S. banana imports in the first half, accounting for 29.1 percent of total imports, a slight decrease from its first half 2011 market share.
Ecuador ranked second, accounting for 21.4 percent of imports, slightly lower than its 21.9 percent share in the same period a year earlier. Costa Rica and Honduras accounted for 20.5 and 17.9 percent, respectively, of U.S. containerized banana imports in the first half.