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U.S. to Allow Importation of Colombian Avocados

During U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Colombia, he announced that the U.S. would allow for the importation of Colombian Hass avocados. The Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism (MINCIT) said that the arrangement could help the Colombian avocado industry double its exports of the fruit, which between January and June this year reached US $25.2 million – mostly to Europe.

“The United States is a market with a lot of potential which in 2016 imported almost US $2 billion. Almost 90% is bought from Mexico. So it’s an opportunity that is opening for Colombian producers,” said Colombia’s Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade, María Claudia Lacouture.

“Colombia has proposed being a recognized player in fresh avocados on the global stage, for the continuity and stability of supply and a competitive price, introducing itself as well in the international processed market, generating quality employment and sustainable rural development,” she added. 

The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) has 744 registered Hass avocado production sites in the country, covering 5,780 hectares. But in terms of the total planted area, it is expected the figure is more like 13,500 hectares. Three hundred four of the 740 sites are in the department of Antioquia, while other regions include Caldas, Cauca, Huila, Quindío, Risaralda, Tolima and Valle del Cauca.

If you have questions about importing avocados or any other perishable cargo to the U.S. from Colombia or elsewhere, we invite you to talk to one of our experts today. To view the recent rule as published by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on this importation change, click here.