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Mexican Avocado Imports are Up 5 Percent from 2019

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Avocado export volumes from Mexico were up by five percent from January to October of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.

Volumes topped one million metric tons (MT), according to the Mexican Secretary of Agriculture. The value of exports, however, fell by seven percent for the same 10-month period with amounts registering at about $2.5 billion. For the entire 2019 year, Mexican avocado exports worldwide amounted to $3.1 billion dollars.

In past years, avocado consumption has risen consistently from 1.1 billion pounds 2008 to 2.6 billion in 2018, an annual increase of nine percent.

Hass avocados, dominate the U.S imports representing about 95 percent of the avocados consumed in the United States and 80 percent worldwide. The U.S. Hass avocado industry, in particular, had a value of $6.5 billion in 2019, according to the USDA.

The Hass Avocado Board of Mission Viejo, CA notes in 2017, nearly half of U.S. households bought avocados. However, most of the avocados sold in the US are imported from other countries.

In 2018, for example, 76 percent of the America’s total consumption was imported from Mexico The total export amount of Mexican avocados bound for the United States in 2019 tallied to approximately $2.4 million.

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Update for Loading Imported Melons, Avocados

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honeydewConsistent loading opportunities for imported melons are expected in coming months.  However, an expected bump in avocado shipments leading up to the Super Bowl will not be as big as originally thought.

Steady imports of imported melons are seen throughout the winter season for distribution throughout the U.S. and Canada by truck.

Guatemala’s imports finished in late January, but will be ramping up again in March.

Imported Mexican watermelon volume is much better this winter and are dealing with El Niño-affected volumes like last year.  Current Colima production will shift to Sonora from May through July.

Excellent fall and winter growing conditions in Guatemala have been very good for record melon yields and imports.

Mexican melons, tomatoes, vegetables crossing at Nogales, AZ – grossing about $3400 to Chicago.

Mexican Imported Avocados

There will not be any increase in imports of Mexican avocados for U.S.. produce truckers anytime soon from the state of Jalisco, which was planned for shipping in time for the February 5th Super Bowl.  Avocado shipments typically increase significantly prior to the big game since it so popular with Super Bowl parties, etc.  Still, there should be enough avocados to meet the demand.

Shipments from Mexico’s state of Jalisco — thought to be on track in mid-January — are expected to be delayed for three or four months.  However, final clearances have not been approved and some issues apparently have to be resolved.

Jalisco’s share of Mexico’s 3.4 billion pounds of output is estimated at about 5 percent.  The USDA reported that 2016-17 acreage of avocados in Jalisco totaled 44,000 acres, about 9 percent of Mexico’s total avocado acreage of 503,000 acres.

Mexico accounted for about 95 percent of U.S. avocado supply in mid-January, with light volume also noted from Chile, the U.S. and the Dominican Republic.

Mexcian avocadoes crossing through the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas – grossing about $4200 to New York City.


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