While we tend to focus more on imported produce during the winter months when Southern Hemisphere fruits and vegetables are in good production, there is still a substantial amount of product crossing our borders or arriving at ports.
Mangos have become a major commodity over the past couple of decades in America and there currently are larger-than-normal volumes expected from Mexico during the second quarter of 2015. Mexican mango imports will be approximately 36 million boxes during Q2 of 2015, which is about 10 percent more compared to approximately 33 million boxes of mangos imported during the same period from Mexico a year ago.
Additionally, Mexican mango imports in Q2 of 2015 are expected to be 3 percent higher than in 2013, which is the year that had the highest volume of Mexican mango imports on record. The tropical fruit is crossing the border both at Nogales and in South Texas.
Peruvian avocado exporters expect to ship 204,000 tons of fruit for the 2015 season, an increase of more than 16,000 tons from the 2014 season. Over 71,000 of those tons will be destined for the U.S. market, arriving primarily at East Coast ports. Hass avocados will begin in late April, with production hitting its stride in the summer months and winding down in September.
Nogales Produce Shipments
Mexican imports through Nogales are past a peak for the year, but there is still substantial product, ranging from cucumbers to melons, squash and peppers. The first Mexican grapes should start crossing the border any time now.
Lower Rio Grand Valley Produce
Mexican produce items crossing the border in South Texas range from watermelons to papayas. Texas items range from sweet onions to citrus and cabbage.