A Pakistani exporter expects to ship 250 metric tons of mangoes to the U.S. and Canada this year.
Karachi, Pakistan-based Farm House Export Ltd. expects its North American shipments in 2014 to be worth about $1 million, said Zulfikar Momin, a Farm House official.
Following U.S. Department of Agriculture approval of irradiated mangoes from Pakistan, the country began exporting to the U.S. in 2011. Pakistan India and Thailand, which both began shipping irradiated mangoes to the U.S. in 2007.
Farm House’s first U.S. shipments arrived by air June 13 in Texas. They were irradiated at a USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service facility in Gulfport, Miss., Momin said.
Early in the season, fruit will be sold in Houston and Dallas, Momin said. The company has plans to expand distribution to New York and Atlanta later in the season.
Fruit was selling for $25 per box in mid-June, Momin said.
The company expects to ship by air biweekly into August.
At the beginning of the season, Farm House is shipping Sindhri mangoes. Later, it will ship Anwar Ratols.
Farm House’s expected 2014 volumes would be a huge increase over 2013, when the U.S. received 8.3 metric tons of mangoes worth $17,000 from all Pakistani sources, according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.
The U.S. imported 487,254 metric tons of mangoes worth $471 million from all sources in 2013.