Brazilian mango shipments are underway, although purposely a little later than previous years.
Amazon Produce Network of Vineland, NJ has noted Brazil exporters delayed shipments to the U.S. . Initial arrivals to the U.S. have started arriving since Labor Day. The delay was possible as growers did not induce flowering as early as in past seasons. Total volume is estimated be only 1 percent lower than 2017.
Brazilian mango shipments are projected at 7.8 million boxes for the season with the season ending in mid December.
J&C Tropicals of Miami, FL report mango shipping delays because of weather in both Haiti and Mexico.
Overall mango volume from Haiti are down 48 percent from the same time last year, with roughly 1.47 million boxes this year compared to 2.17 million in 2017.
Hurricanes in 2017 that were followed by heavy rains adversely affected the trees and the flowering stage. Because the season was launched late the 2018 season extended through the first week of September, compared to the 2017 season that ended at the end of July.
Weather has also affected Mexican mango exports.
As for the northern Sinaloa area, it made its annual switch of varieties from kents to keitts, exports slowed. Southern Sinaloa this season was extremely dry cutting the length of season compared to a year ago. Exports should are now returning to normal volume.