Typhoon not expected to effect U.S. imports

11/14/2013 11:24:00 AM
Andy Nelson

The devastating Philippines typhoon will likely have no or little affect on U.S. fruit importers.

Bananas, pineapples and mangoes are among the fruits exported from the Philippines to the U.S. Bananas, the newest member of the group, were given the green light by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in February.

But the volumes of Philippines fruit that make it to the U.S. are light.

Officials from Chiquita Brands International Inc., Charlotte, N.C.; Dole Fresh Fruit, Westlake Village, Calif.; and Coral Gables, Fla.-based Turbana Corp. said their companies do not export tropical fruit from the Philippines.

William Watson, executive director of the Orlando, Fla.-based National Mango Board, said very few fresh-market mangoes are exported from the Philippines to the U.S.

“The majority of mango products we get from there is dried fruit, not fresh,” he said.

The week of Nov. 4, none of the fruits tracked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture were exported from the Philippines to the U.S.

In 2012, about 4,832 metric tons of fresh fruit, worth about $34 million, were exported from the Philippines to the U.S., according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.



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