Imports Set for Fruit from South America

Imports Set for Fruit from South America

dscn7939Imports of Argentina blueberries and Mangoes from South America should be very good this season.

Argentina growers should export about 17,500 tons of fresh blueberries this season, of which two-thirds likely will be arrive in the U.S. and Canada.  A year ago, the U.S. and Canada received only 10,280 tons of blueberries from Argentina, due to adverse growing conditions.  The weather seems to have improved a lot this year.

Light exports were under way to the U.S. Brazil,  and Europe in late August, with the first U.S. arrivals taking place in early September.  Peak season arrivals will happen in late October, before the season concludes by the end of November.

Mango Imports

A late surge of mango imports from Mexico and an early start in Ecuador should mean a lot of mango imports this fall.  Mexico should ship about 74 million boxes of mangoes this season, up from 64 million boxes a year ago.

Peak Brazilian imports have been in September.  However, with the heavy volume of Mexican fruit being imported, most Brazilian fruit imports were arriving at ports and being hauled by truck to markets in the eastern half of the country.  Meanwhile Mexican mangos are being delivered to in heavy volume to the West Coast.

Even with the record late-season volumes out of Mexico this season, and record volume crops are also possible from Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.  In addition to the glut, appearance issues were hurting demand for late-season Mexican fruit, although eating quality has been excellent.

Mexican volumes are now finally starting to wind.  Brazilian import volumes are expected to start peaking around the second week of October.  Brazil is expected to ship about 8 million boxes this year, similar to a year ago.  Ecuador should produce about 10.8 million boxes, up slightly from last year.

Peru mango imports to the U.S. should get underway in November, with imported expected to be up about 10 percent from last year’s 9.3 million boxes.

South Texas crossings with Mexican mangoes, other tropical fruit, tomatoes and vegetables – grossing about $2000 to Chicago.