Why so much commercial difficulties in the United States for EVOO?

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If imports in April 2014 are compared with the figures for the same month a year earlier, accordin IOC data, it emerges that all the key markets are picking up and recording growth ranging from +8.7% in Australia to +37.2% in the United States and +137.8% for Canada. The only exception is China where there is a 25% decrease.

For this reason, trade in olive oil and olive pomace oil through the first seven months of 2013/14 only shows a decrease of -2% in the seven countries bigger importers compared with the same seven months in 2012/13, going down from 348304 t to 341288 t.

When broken down in detail, review shows an increase in imports of 11% in Canada, 8% in Russia and 7% in Japan but virtually no change in the United States. Canada is particularly striking in that imports have switched from negative to positive values.

Import decreases are located in China (-28%), Brazil (-9%) and Australia (-7%) although there have been signs of recovery in the last two countries in recent months compared with levels during the same period of the previous season.

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