After being approved for access in August, hass avocados from Colombia will enjoy a slow but steady increase in exports to the U.S. in 2018.
Colombian agriculture officials said in a news release that hass exports will start this month from a farm near Antioquia, a production area that has been approved for exports to the U.S.
Hass avocado exports from Colombia will increase by 20% to Europe and North America, according to the officials with the Colombian Agricultural and Livestock Institute. Through November in 2017, U.S. exports of avocados from Colombia totaled 29,300 metric tons, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The institute, according to the release, works with 33 hass avocado production sites including buffer areas. After complying with plant health requirements put in place by USDA and Colombian officials, all those sites will be authorized to export to the U.S., according to the release.