U.S. will immediately resume Mexican avocado imports, USDA says

An avocado farm worker in Michoacán. (PHOTO: ap.org)

The United States imported $3.0 billion in avocados globally in 2021, the bulk of that worth $2.8 billion coming from Mexico, according to the USDA.

(MEXICO- USDA).- The United States on Friday, Feb. 18th, ended a ban on imports of avocados from Mexico’s Michoacan state and restarted an agricultural inspection program it had halted out of concern for the safety of U.S. workers.

In its announcement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said imports could resume immediately.

The United States had paused its inspection program on Feb. 11 after U.S. inspectors were verbally threatened. 

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said in a statement it worked with Mexico’s government and the Association of Avocado Exporting Producers and Packers of Mexico to enact “additional measures” to safeguard the safety of its inspectors.

APHIS, in a Tweet, called the agreement “Good news!”

Mexican President Andres Manual Lopez Obrador said at a regular news conference earlier on Friday that a resolution could come by the end of the day.

Michoacan, Mexico’s top avocado producing state and the only one currently approved to export to the United States, has long had security issues linked to drug gangs.

 

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