U.S. avocado imports jump from all LatAm origins through Q3
The U.S. saw significant increases in Hass avocado imports from all Latin American origins through September this year, USDA data shows.
Over the nine-month period, total imports from the region rose by 20% year-on-year from US$1.7bn to US$2bn.
The growth came amid the lowest California avocado crop in a decade, which created a supply gap for overseas producers.
Mexico was responsible for much of the import uptick this year, with volumes rising from US$1.52bn to US$1.8bn.
But there were also substantial increases in percentage terms from Peru, Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia.
Imports from Peru - the next biggest origin - rose by 24% from US$168m to US$208m. That figure is more than triple imported from Peru in 2016, and also comes amid a 15% reduction in total exports this season.
Chilean supplies in the U.S. rose by 61% from US$17m to US$27m this year through September. This increase came despite the Chilean avocado indsutry also forecasting lower total supplies year-on-year for the 2019-20 season.
Meanwhile, the U.S. imported five-times more Hass avocados from the Dominican Republic. Imports rose from a mere US$485,000 to US$2.4m.
And imports from Colombia rose eight-fold from US$393,000 to US$3.2m. Colombia scored U.S. market access in August 2017 under a restrictive export protocol, which was eased slightly earlier this year. It is expected to increase avocado shipments to the U.S. significantly over the next few years.