The U.S. Department of Agriculture outlined conditions for entry of Australian mangoes into the U.S. in a regulation published Sept. 19 in the Federal Register.
Under the terms prescribed the USDA, the mangoes must be imported into the continental U.S. in commercial consignments, treated by irradiation in Australia or the U.S., treated with a fungicide and be subject to inspection in the orchard and the packing facility.
The USDA estimates Australian exporters will ship about 1,200 metric tons of mangoes to the U.S., less than 1% of current U.S. mango imports.
“It is unlikely that additional mango imports of 1,200 metric tons will cause a noteworthy decrease in mango prices or otherwise substantially affect the market,” the USDA said in the final rule.
The U.S. is the world’s leading importer of fresh mangoes, receiving 33% of all mango imports worldwide. The U.S. only produces about 3,000 metric tons of mangoes, concentrated in the states of Florida, Hawaii, California and Texas.