Venezuela's mango season goes from February to June with the Haden variety. Then, from June to August, it continues with the Kent variety. "Our main challenge in 2019 will be to place the first container of fresh mangoes in Europe for the first time. Last week, I was talking with producers and, according to estimates, there are at least 60,000 kilos of mango per month and 5,000 kilos of mango to ship by plane," stated Jacobo Orbegoso Rivera, the export manager of Roraima Export / Isla Margarita Fruits.
Spain is the most important export market. "Spain is our main market. At the end of Fruit Attraction, we visited our customers in Barcelona and Madrid and had some opportunities in Asia, a market we have always wanted to enter. We are currently negotiating incoterms, rates, and shipment routes (transfers) to Hong Kong, Dubai, and Italy (several destinations). The goal is to make a weekly shipment throughout the season."
It should be noted that Venezuela has two well-known mango varieties to offer. "The rotation is always very good. Let's not forget that, historically, Venezuela's mango has had a very good output. However, for the different reasons, the country stopped exporting this products for almost 20 years. Now it's up to us to get things back on track!"
Jacobo concluded by saying that Venezuela's climate and location were very advantageous for the mango season. "We arrive to the market before the Spanish season and after the Peruvian season. At the moment, Peru is still in high season, but the Spanish season is over," he added.