By Will Cavan
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Mango World Magazine (MWM)
Friday, January 30, 2015
The United Staes Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) weekly import data was published three days ago for the week ending January 24, 2015 and the information published by USDA/AMS reveals a dramatic drop in volume compared to previous weeks.
Compared to the previous weeks in the report, mango import volume has steadily decreased for the past two weeks from 173 (40,000 pound equivalents) for the week ending January 17 down to 50 (40,000 pound equivalents) for the week ending January 24, 2015.
Ecuador's final shipments of 9 containers were received during the week ending on January 24 compared to 69 containers the week prior.
Peru's volume dipped on a week to week comparison, down by nearly two-thirds at 40 containers compared to 104 containers the previous week.
Overall volume for the week ending January 24, 2015 was 50 container equivalents compared to 173 containers equivalents the week prior and one-fifth of the volume one year ago for the week ending January 25, 2014 according to USDA/AMS data. with 249 container equivalents for the previous season.
The USDA/AMS weekly Shipping report reveals that year (2014) to year (2015) comparison reveals that volume is down drastically as well. The total (40,000 pound equivalents) for 2014 was 820 through January 25, 2014 compared with only 533 through January 24, 2015.
According to USDA/AMS Import data, Ecuador shipped nearly 50% more volume than last season. The weekly shipping report reveals that totals through January 25, 2014 from Ecuador were 141 (40,000 pound equivalents) versus 292 (40,000 pound equivalents) through January 24, 2015.
Peru on the other hand, is experiencing a dramatic shortage so far this season. The year to year data reveals that Peru has only shipped 234 (40,000 pound equivalents) in 2015 compared with 677 (40,000 pound equivalents) for last season (2014).
Some of the shortage in volume out of Peru is due to a two-week delay this year compared to normal season start.
The balance of the shortage is due to a lighter harvest that was forecast due to climactic conditions in Peru for the 2015 season. The forecasters have called for a 40% reduction in volume for the current season.
Prices in the USA market have been as high as $12.00 per 4kg. carton.
USDA/AMS data claims that Peru has shipped 1,063,363 (4kg.) cartons so far this season.
This is compared with 3,077,272 (4kg.) cartons for the same time frame in 2014.