Agricultural exports to the US in the first nine months of this year rose 17.2 percent, following an easing of trade barriers between Taiwan and the US. Frozen vegetables, packaged fruits, flour, sugar and tea comprised more than half of all agricultural exports to the US. This means that the US has become the second-biggest destination for Taiwanese agricultural products after China, accounting for 16.1 percent of total agricultural export value.
From January to September, agricultural exports to the US totaled 204,860 tons, compared with 174,733 tons in the same period last year, data shows. Their value increased 38 percent to US$673 million from US$487 million last year. The total export value has soared 46 percent compared with the first nine months of 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
The figures come amid a slight reduction in the agricultural sector’s reliance on China, with 20.1 percent of total exports going there in the first nine months, compared with 20.8 percent a year earlier.
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