Contrary to popular opinion, Walmart doesn't just import products to the United States. We export a lot of products too, supporting U.S. suppliers and farmers by selling their goods around the world. For example, last year alone, we exported about $45 million of apples, pears and cherries from Washington State to our retail markets in Mexico, Canada, India, China and the U.K.
That's on top of the 400 million pounds of tree fruit, 15-20 million pounds of potatoes and 80 million pounds of onions we purchased from Washington State producers last year. In fact, Washington is such an important source of produce for Walmart that we opened a sourcing office in Yakima in 2009.
By using the strength of our supply chain, we're able to source from 60 countries to send the right products at the right price to customers, not just in the U.S., but to every market where we operate stores.