USDA Allows Imports of Mangoes from Jamaica
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective Oct. 20, will allow the importation of mangoes from Jamaica into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, these mangoes must be:
- produced in accordance with a systems approach employing a combination of mitigation measures for certain fruit flies, soft scale insects and diseases;
- inspected prior to exportation from Jamaica and found free of these pests and diseases;
- imported in commercial consignments only;
- treated to mitigate the risk of fruit flies; and
- accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate.
APHIS notes that the annual quantity of mangoes that Jamaica expects to export to the United States, 261 metric tons, represents less than 0.08 percent of U.S. mango imports (349,692 metric tons in 2012, primarily from Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and Guatemala). 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.