Continuing & widespread anti-government protests

Risk to US fresh produce imports from Latin America

Raging anti-government protests have engulfed several Latin American countries. An analysis of trade data in Gro Intelligence’s database shows that the four main countries involved—Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Colombia—are major suppliers of key agricultural products to the United States, highlighting the need for supply chain risk management.

Protests over the past two months, some of which have turned deadly, have led to the resignation and exile of Bolivia’s president and fires and looting in Ecuador. Even historically stable Chile has been forced to call a state of emergency.

Gro’s diverse data sets, including USDA GATS trade data, allow users to determine which agricultural products are most at risk of country-specific disruptions. Bolivia provides about half of US quinoa imports. Colombia provides a quarter of US green coffee imports. Ecuador and Colombia, combined, make up a quarter of US banana and plantain imports. And more than half of US grape imports come from Chile.

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