Skip to main content


Ripe Julie and Graham mangoes

US Preferential Market Open To Jamaica – Moreno

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2015

Jermaine Barnaby
U.S. Ambassador Luis G. Moreno

Western Bureau:

United States Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G. Moreno says the Jamaican Government and local exporters should do more to capitalise on special provisions which are in place to provide preferential market access to the United States.

"We have had a very special relationship with the Caribbean for over 30 years and we provided preferential market access under the Caribbean Basin Initiative or CBI.

"As part of that initiative, Jamaican companies can export qualified products duty free." said Moreno, while giving the keynote address at Friday's opening ceremony of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Expo 2015, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.

"When combined with other US trade programmes, over 85 per cent of Jamaica's imports can potentially enter the United States duty-free
. That's really staggering when you think about it," added Moreno.

While mangoes grow all over the island, the parishes of St. Thomas, Clarendon, St. Elizabeth and St. Mary produce the most mangoes.

According to the ambassador: "More Jamaican exporters can, and should, take advantage of these trade benefits. The world's largest consumer market is just a few hundred miles away.

"Our team is working diligently to help Jamaican exporters get their agricultural products to the US ... to be on the grocery shelves in the US. We can only do so much, but you guys, and when I say you guys, I also mean the Jamaican Government, you have to carry part of the ball too."

The CBI came into effect on January 1, 1984, to provide several tariff and trade benefits to many Central American and Caribbean countries.

Special Arrangement

Moreno, who took up his assignment in the island last November, noted that Jamaica has free clearance to export 52 products to the United States through a partnership arrangement between the Jamaican Government and the US Department of Agriculture.

The primary focus of the arrangement is to take advantage of business opportunities in the two countries.

"Jamaican mangoes are probably the best mangoes in the world, the widest variety, but you know what? You are not exporting mangoes to the United States, you are not exporting to some place that desperately wants mangoes," said Moreno.

"We have laid out everything that you need to do to be able to do that ... so it's up to the Jamaican Government and the exporters to get past those two little things the US department is asking for, and the market is all yours."

In an exporters forum held recently, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Derrick Kellier said the Government was moving to institute measures conforming to export and import requirements for mangoes under the Global Good Agricultural Practices certification programme.

These include conducting a market analysis, indicating both domestic and export potential, conducting a value chain analysis to make an evidence-based determination of the feasibility for upgrading of the value chain, undertaking a feasibility study for hot-water quarantine treatment, and preparatory work to establish the quarantine protocol, based on the US Department of Agriculture's Systems Approach, once the sector is deemed viable.

Popular posts from this blog


While "Flavor" is very subjective, and each country that grows mangoes is very nationalistic, these are the mango varieties that are the most sought after around the world because of sweetnesss (Brix) and demand.

The Chaunsa has a Brix rating in the 22 degree level which is unheard of!
Carabao claims to be the sweetest mango in the world and was able to register this in the Guiness book of world records.
Perhaps it is time for a GLOBAL taste test ???

In alphabetical order by Country....



Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 

It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

 It is in season April through May and the fruit wei…

Mangoes date back 65 million years according to research ...

Experts at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP) here have traced the origin of mango to the hills of Meghalaya, India from a 65 million year-old fossil of a mango leaf. 

The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 

After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.

An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 

The genus is believed to have disseminated into neighb…

DHL (INDIA) makes gifting mangoes as easy as 1-2-3-....

Gifting mangoes is now easy with DHL
Announcement / Corporate

 May 19, 2011, 14:04 IST

Come this summer pamper your loved ones abroad with a box of delicious mangoes through DHL’s Express Easy Mango service, a unique one-stop-shop and hassle-free service for gifting mangoes all across the world.

This unique service by DHL Express, the world’s leading express company, allows customers to send mangoes from India across the world to the following countries Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxemburg, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden.

Mangoes can be availed of free of cost by merely paying for the Air Express service. In addition, DHL Express assists customers with the necessary paperwork along with procurement of quality-grade Alphonso mangoes.

Commenting on the new service, Mr. R.S Subramanian, Country Head, DHL Express India said: “With the advent of the mango season, it is no wonder that DHL Express Ea…