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U.S. beer imports fall 9.8% during 1991.

Total beer shipments into the United States during 1991 dropped 9.8 percent to 245.7 million gallons, down from 1990's total of 272.2 million.

For the month of December, imports rebounded slightly, but were still down 4.9 percent in comparison to the corresponding year's figures.

The Netherlands reported an increase in December shipments, slating a 7.9 percent increase to 5.3 million gallons over 1990's 4.9 million. For the year, however, Dutch shipments to the U.S. were 70.1 million, a 14.8-percent slide.

Canadian shipments were down 11.2 percent during the month, but were off only one percent for the year as a whole. Total shipments in 1991 came to 64.6 million gallons for Canada.

Feeling the effects of the plateau of the Corona brands, Mexico experienced a 13.1-percent drop in shipments in December, and a 14.4-percent fall for the year. Mexican shipments to the U.S. were 2.6 million and 42.5 million gallons, respectively.

In the Pacific, Japanese beer shipments to the U.S. saw an 11.2-percent shipment increase as compared to 1990's numbers. All told, Japan reported 5 million gallons were shipped during 1991. However, the country did see a drop of 8.6 percent to 412,307 gallons in December.

Though Australia witnessed a 25.4-percent drop in shipments during the last month, the country still saw only the slightest decrease in its year-end total. The country shipped 6.7 million in 1991, compared to 1990's 6.71 million.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Mar 9, 1992
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