After a three year lull brought on by the pandemic, mango exports have gone strong this year with the Mumbai airport witnessing a 318 percent jump in the fruit's exports this year versus 2022. In 2022, 1,123 tons of mangoes we're exported from Mumbai airport, the number jumped to 4,700 tons this year, said a Mumbai International Airport Ltd spokesperson.
The recent approval granted by the United States Department of Agriculture for the export of Indian mangoes to the US has led to increased export volumes. The approval comes after a hiatus in mango exports since 2020, primarily due to travel restrictions imposed on the USDA inspectors which stopped them from visiting India during the pandemic.
To handle mangoes and other perishable cargo such as fruits and vegetables, the airport has a temperature-controlled perishable facility with an annual capacity of 1,50,000 tons, said MIAL.