Import Assessments on Mangoes to Continue
The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has determined to continue the Mango Promotion, Research and Information Order. This conclusion is the result of a review undertaken to determine whether the order should be continued without change, amended or rescinded to minimize the impacts on small entities.
The mango order is intended to carry out an effective, continuous and coordinated program of promotion, research and information designed to strengthen mangos’ competitive position and to maintain and expand the domestic market for mangos. These activities are financed by an assessment of three-quarters of a cent per pound on first handlers and importers of 500,000 pounds or more of mangos annually. AMS notes that the majority of mangos consumed in the United States are imported and that the value of U.S. mango imports grew from $169 million in 2005 to $217 million in 2009.