Escondido, Calif.-based Henry Avocado Corp. expects its first load of Peruvian avocados to arrive in the U.S. by Aug. 19 or 20, picking up the slack for a small California crop.
Peru, which stands to benefit from a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture ruling easing restrictions on imported avocados, could ship about 4 million pounds of avocados to the U.S. per week through late September, Phil Henry, a Henry Avocado co-owner, said in a news release.
With California’s small crop expected to taper off sharply in August and September, the timing of the Peruvian crop is perfect, Henry said.
The Peruvian deal, he said, will provide a nice bridge between production from California and import deals in Mexico and Chile.
By October, both Mexico and Chile are expected to be in full production, Henry said.
On July 22, the USDA eased restrictions on the movement of imported and domestic avocados, deeming the fruit a poor host for Mediterranean fruit fly.
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said avocados may move more freely into the U.S. and within the U.S. because they do not pose a significant risk of Medfly before harvest.