The value of U.S. organic corn imports – mainly from Turkey and used as feed to produce organic milk and eggs – soared in 2016 to $160.4 million, a 42 percent increase compared to 2015, and up 350 percent compared to 2014.
That’s according to trade statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which showed U.S. organic imports in 2016 valued at $1.7 billion, a 4.6 percent increase compared to 2015.
Imports of organic corn from Turkey in 2016 were valued at $117.8 million, a 224 percent increase. Organic corn imports from Turkey were worth just $6.8 million in 2013, the first year they started showing up at U.S. ports.
The value of Romania’s organic corn imports to the U.S. market in 2016 dropped 74 percent to $13.9 million, compared to $53.4 million in 2015.
Argentina is the third-largest exporter of organic corn imports, shipping in $13.8 million worth of product during 2016, up 34 percent from 2015.
The Netherlands ramped up its organic corn exports to the U.S. market in 2016, sending over $7.4 million worth of product, a 232 percent jump compared to 2015, and closer to the value of its organic corn exports in 2013, which were valued at $6.5 million.
Imports of Canadian organic corn remained relatively steady in 2016, and were valued at $7 million, a 6 percent decrease compared to 2015.
The value of organic corn imports from India plunged 90 percent to just $263,000 for 2016, while United Arab Emirates sent over its first shipments of organic corn to the U.S. market in 2016, valued at $241,000.
2016 U.S. organic soybean imports
The value of total U.S. imports of organic soybeans in 2016 was $250.5 million, a 4 percent increase over 2015, and a 127 percent increase compared to 2013.
Turkey also lead in organic soybean exports, sending over $103.7 million worth of product, a 700 percent compared to 2015, when Turkey’s organic soybean import value was $13 million.
India came in second with an organic soybean export value of $55.9 million, a 28 percent drop compared to the $77.8 million in organic soybean imports from the subcontinent in 2015.
And, while organic soybean imports from Argentina in 2016 increased 31 percent to $34.1 million, big decreases in value, compared to 2015, were shown by:
- Ukraine’s $20 million, a 72 percent drop
- Canada’s $15.3 million, down 20 percent
- China’s $9.7 million, a 53 percent drop
Uganda shipped in $4.3 million worth of organic soybeans in 2016, soaring 499 percent over 2015’s value. Russia also ramped up its organic soybean exports to the U.S. market in 2016, sending over $4.1 million worth, a 40 percent jump in value compared to 2015. And, organic soybean imports from Uruguay, valued at $3.2 million, increased in worth by 312 percent compared to 2015.