Here is a look at imports involving Mexican limes, Chilean citrus and Gooseberries from Ecuador.
By last March Mexico has provided 97 percent of the U.S. total lime shipments, with only light volume reported from Colombia. Lime supplies are finally improving after being in short supply due to weather factors. Pro*Act LLC of Monterey CA imports Mexican limes and sees retail prices dropping as supplies improve.
Nearly 48 tons of Chilean clementines from Valparaiso departed for the West Coast of the U.S. April 2nd kicking off the new season.
The season was launched a week earlier than the season of 2017. Observers expect volume to increase quickly as more orchards begin harvesting, according to a news release from the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association in San Carols, CA.
The Chilean Citrus Committee expects a strong season with increased clementine volume, according to the release.
“We’re expecting consistently high-quality fruit this year. We had very favorable temperatures this autumn, with warm days and cooler nights, and last year’s strong rainfall has also provided plenty of water for irrigation,” Juan Enrique Ortuzar, committee president, said in the release.
The USDA has approved fresh Ecuadorian cape gooseberries being imported by U.S. under a new proposal from the ag department.
Comments on the proposal will be accepted until June 18, according to the USDA.
Imports of the fruit — also called ground cherries, goldenberry and physalis — will be allowed from Ecuador under what the USDA calls a systems approach.
U.S. import levels for fresh cape gooseberry fruit are not known, according to the USDA, because the fruit is combined in U.S. trade statistics with black, white, and red currants.
In 2015, the U.S. imported approximately 78.7 metric tons of gooseberries and currants valued at about $476,000.
The U.S. does not produce fresh cape gooseberry fruit commercially, according to the USDA