Effective Dec. 29, mangoes from Vietnam will be allowed for shipment to the U.S.
As a condition of entry, fresh mangoes from Vietnam must comply with a set of pest safeguards that include orchard or packinghouse checks, irradiation treatment, and port of entry inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Nov. 29. The USDA said fresh mango fruit from Vietnam will be required to be irradiated.
Vietnam is expected to export about 3,000 metric tons of mangoes per year to the U.S., which is about equivalent to U.S. mango production, according to the USDA. U.S. imports of fresh mangoes from all sources increased from 187,000 metric tons in 1997 to about 391,000 metric tons in 2015.
Vietnamese mangoes are expected to represent less than 1% of total U.S. fresh mango imports, according to the USDA.