U.S.-bound Latam mango shipments remain far higher than 2016
Mango volumes shipped to the U.S. market last week were double the levels at the same time in 2016, as Mexico and Guatemala continue to export significantly more fruit than in their previous seasons.
The National Mango Board (NMB) said 2.8 million boxes of the topical fruit had been shipped to the market on week ending April 1, compared to 1.4 million last year.
The increase is almost entirely attributable to Mexico and Guatemala.
Volume shipped from Mexico during the week was approximately 2 million boxes for a total of 11.4 million boxes for the season. During the same week last year, volume shipped from the country was approximately 1.1 million boxes for a total of 7.4 million boxes.
The Mexican season began in January with a projection of approximately 70 million boxes through week 40.
Meanwhile, volume shipped from Guatemala during the week was approximately 650,000 boxes for a total of 1.9 million boxes for the season. During the same week last year, volume shipped was around 230,000 boxes for a total of some 500,000 boxes.
The Guatemalan season began in March and will run until May with a projection of approximately 5.2 million boxes
Nicaragua is just finishing its 2017 season, which saw its U.S.-bound exports nearly double year-on-year to 1.1 million.
The Haitian season has just begun and will run until September with a projection of approximately 1.9 million boxes.