USDA Proposes to Allow Imports of Mangoes from Jamaica
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through June 16 on a proposal to allow the importation of fresh mangoes from Jamaica into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, such mangoes would have to be:
- produced in accordance with a systems approach employing a combination of mitigation measures for certain fruit flies, soft scale insects and diseases (e.g., requirements on growing locations and packaging);
- inspected prior to exportation from Jamaica and found free of these pests and diseases (but would also be subject to inspection at the U.S. port of entry);
- imported in commercial consignments only;
- treated to mitigate the risk of fruit flies; and
- accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate.
If a pest or disease were to be detected in a consignment of Jamaican mangoes at a U.S. port of entry, the consignment would be prohibited entry and further shipments from the place of production where the mangoes were grown would be prohibited until an investigation was conducted and APHIS and the NPPO of Jamaica agree that the risk has been mitigated.
APHIS notes that the annual quantity of mangoes that Jamaica expects to export to the U.S. (261 metric tons) represents less than 0.08% of total U.S. mango imports (349,692 metric tons in 2012, primarily from Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and Guatemala). In addition, while mangoes are grown in Florida and Hawaii, and in smaller quantities in California and Texas, U.S. annual production totals only about 3,000 metric tons.