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NAMA is committed to the development of export markets for member products. NAMA is an active participant in the USDA Foreign Market Development (FMD) Cooperator Program, which supports member efforts to improve foreign market access, build new markets, and provide technical assistance to foreign customers and governments. Member companies actively participate in trade missions, technical assistance trainings, market assessments, and project and program evaluations in concert with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). NAMA’s partnership with USDA was launched in 1955 and has continued without interruption for 34 years.

U.S. Exports of Milled Products

Milled products are diverse and include milled corn, wheat, oats, rye and other grains, all for human consumption. Official product trade descriptions for milled products are found in the U.S. Census Bureau’s (USCB) Foreign Trade Statistics.

Nearly all members’ products are classified for the purpose of recording trade in Chapter 11 of the Harmonized System (HS) which is used by the USCB to classify all internationally traded products. Regarding U.S. milled product exports and imports, annual and monthly data are available through USDA’s Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS).

Milled product exports, primarily wheat flour and corn flour, totaled over $440 million in 2019. Primary destinations for exports are Mexico and Canada. Regarding exports according to product category, wheat flour is the top product in 2019, with exported value of $139 million, followed by corn flour with $62 million. When other corn products are considered, however, including corn meal and processed corn products for the food processing and baking industries, the corn product category has the largest exports at $167 million.

$440M

Milled Product Exports

$139M

Wheat Flour Exports

$62M

Corn Flour Exports

Source: USDA/FAS GATS

Additional Resources

Top 10 Categories by Value for 2020 U.S. Exports of all Milled Products (xlsx Data)

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Top Export Markets • 2020 (xlsx Data)

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Exports by Country and Product 2019 (xlsx Data)

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NAMA supports free and fair international trade.

NAMA supports free and fair international trade policy