It's simple if you want to own a company that deals with hazardous materials it costs you to meet all of the EPA and government regulations. Then you have storage, disposal, and evenvironmental regulations regarding the FDA. Now add in the workers that you have to pay a minimum of $7.25 an hour. The cost of one weeks labor for every employee would cover the shipping cost and wages in a foreign company. Now the real truth of your prunes is that they were probably grown from a seed/plant that was bred in california but shipped to another country to be grown year round.