The U.S. Government, through the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), has authorized the import of fresh sliced mango from Colombia. The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) was notified of the decision by APHIS.
The sliced mango must be peeled, the seeds removed, and the slices must not be thicker than 1.5 centimetres. Anyone exporting must meet these requirements and be registered at ICA as an authorized trader-exporter.
According to official data, Colombia produced 220,000 tonnes of mangoes in 2011 on approximately 18,500 hectares.
Most of the national production is consumed locally and only a small percentage is exported as mango pulp, with shipments reaching 3,000 tonnes per year. This makes Colombia the world’s third largest exporter of the product, after India and Mexico.
As for fresh mango, up to 50 tonnes are exported yearly to destinations like Europe and recently also Japan, which last year started receiving the first trial shipments of Tommy Atkins mangoes after an ICA supervised deal was signed.