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Dried Food, Nuts and Spices
With the exception of rice, which is climbing back to 2009 import levels after dropping in the intervening years ($339 million in 2013; $342 million in 2009), imports of all products covered in this report rose to five year highs in 2013. Imports of dried fruits reached a five year high in 2013, at $1.5 billion, up from $1.3 billion in 2009. Imports of citrus fruits led these purchases at $495.9 million. Imports of dried vegetables, manioc, sweet potatoes, arrowroot, and salep also rose to $293 million in 2013, the highest level in five years. At $601 million, imports of edible nuts also reached five year highs in 2013. Imports of dried legumes, including dried peas, chickpeas, beans, and lentils, peaked after five years, at $120.6 million in 2013. Imports of spices, herbs, and spice extractives rose significantly (by 17.7%) between 2012 and 2013 to reach a five year high in 2013 of $168 million. TFO Canada client countries were significant suppliers in all cases in 2013.