Containerized banana imports into the U.S. continued to surge in the third quarter, rising nearly 14 percent year-over-year. Banana imports had grown more than 13 percent in the second quarter and more than 5 percent in the first quarter, according to data from PIERS, a JOC sister company.
Imports in the third quarter grew to 104,646 TEUs from 91,864 TEUs in the third quarter of 2011. The third quarter increase was the sixth straight quarter of increase for banana imports.
Year to date through September, the top countries of origin for U.S. banana imports were, in the following order, Guatemala, with a 29.9 percent share of imports; Costa Rica, 21.1 percent; Ecuador, 20.2 percent; and Honduras, 17.1 percent.