By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Mango World Magazine (MWM)

March 02, 2016

La Costa, California

The latest data published March 01, 2016 by the USDA/AMS reveals that we are currently in a gap with supplies from Peru winding down and we are waiting for the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico to get started.

The latest USDA/AMS import data for mangoes reveals that Mexico is currently crossing four to six loads of mango at both the Texas and Arizona borders for a total of approximately 70 loads per week.

For the week ending February 27, 2016, off shore sources shipped the following volume:


Approximately 10,000 pounds of air freighted mangos entered the USA via LAX International Airport for the week ending February 27, 2016 according to USDA/AMS data.

Dominican Republic:

A total of two (40') sea container equivalents were imported via the Port of NY/NJ for the week ending February 27, 2016.


A total of approximately 42 (40') sea container equivalents distribute as follows: 18 (40') sea container equivalents and 01 (40') sea container equivalent via the Ports of Philadelphia and NY/NJ respectively for Eastern USA distribution, and approximately 23 (40') sea container equivalents via the Port of Long Beach, California for West Coast USA distribution.

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The effects of El Niño mean the United States is in for lower than usual mango supplies in March, but record volumes are expected in the months that follow as the Mexican season gathers momentum.

These are the projections of the National Mango Board, which says the unseasonably low volumes are set to continue through the end of the month.

In addition to the impact of an El Niño event in Peru from Jan. 29-31, a very rainy period in October and November in Mexico affected flowering trees, reducing fruit set and delaying the next stage of flowering.

"Fruit quality was also affected in some of the regions that are now being harvested,"
the board said.

"Due to the lower than normal volumes and quality that is currently being harvested, a significant amount of this crop is being consumed by Mexico's domestic market.

"However, these same October/November rains stimulated a delayed but robust second flowering which has an extremely high fruit set and will be ready for harvest beginning in April."

In summary, what this means is that while Mexico's export crop is delayed, the NMB says overall volume is projected to hit record levels from April through July.

"The Guatemalan crop is also delayed and projected to have a concurrent peak in April/May," the NMB said.

"Retailers are encouraged to plan big promotions starting in mid-April based on the increased Mexican and Guatemalan mango volume that is currently projected."

Also of note is the fact Ataulfo is set to be the dominant variety this week with 55% of the volume, however the majority is set to shift to red varieties over the coming weeks before they reach 65% in the week of April 10.