The U.S. Department of Agriculture has green-lighted imports of Jamaican mangoes.

Jamaican mangoes can be exported to the U.S. if they meet phytosanitary requirements, according to a Sept. 18 ruling (https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/09/18/2014-22290/importati...) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

The USDA estimates that about 261 metric tons of Jamaican mangoes will be exported to the U.S. annually, less than .008% of all U.S. mango imports.

Mangoes must be treated using a combination of mitigation measures for certain fruit flies, soft scale insects and diseases and must be inspected prior to export from Jamaica and found free of those pests and diseases.

Mangoes must be imported in commercial consignments only and be treated to mitigate the risk of fruit flies. The mangoes must also be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate.