A Shipping Tale of Two Commodities: Lemons and Mangos

A Shipping Tale of Two Commodities: Lemons and Mangos

DSCN0819California lemon shipments have been lighter than usual and the situation may continue into October.  Meanwhile, the U.S. is awash in mangos from Mexico.

Pro*Act of Monterey, CA sees lower volume continuing until lemon shipments get underway in Yuma, AZ and Mecca, CA.  F.O.B. prices have hit $57 per carton compared to $42 two years ago.

Because of lighter domestic shipments, there have been lemon imports from Chile and Mexico, but it is still not enough to make a dent in the high market.

If you are loading domestic lemons use caution.  Soft rot has plagued some lots and quality has been described as only “fair” at best.

While more Chilean and Mexican lemons may be imported, Coast Citrus of San Diego has expressed concerns that due to the fruit travel by boat to the U.S. for weeks, if the product is not repacked after arrival, there may be quality problems.
Mexican Mangos
While lemon shipments are lighter than usual, handles of mangoes are trying to figure out how to deal with excessive volumes.

North American mango importers continue to buy large volume to place into an overflowing market.  Splendid by Porvenir LLC of San Bruno, CA has a huge packinghouse in Los Mochis, Sinaloa,  and continues to pack at full speed and will continue packing through September.

However, rains has adversely affected the quality of Los Mochis mangos, which as resulted in anthracnose to scar the fruit.  Anthracnose is caused by fungi that creates diseases on many plant species.

Los Mochis began shipping mangos in late June. There was a slow start on shipping volume, but now the market can’t handle the volume.