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Mexico: Overland shipments of avocados looking normal - so far

This season is very important for the avocado industry thanks to the Super Bowl, a moment in which the sector exports the most fruits to the US. According to estimates, Mexico will export around 120,000 tons of avocado for this date.

It is important to note that Michoacan is the only state that is certified by the North American authorities to export avocados to that country, a market that accounts for 85% of total exports.

In this sense, producers and packers are prepared to supply the demand generated before, during, and after the LIII edition of the Super Bowl.

The Association of Producers, Packers, and Exporters of Avocado of Mexico (APEAM) said that, so far, avocado shipments by land transportation have been carried out normally.

Starting next week, Michoacan is expected to ship more than 1,200 trucks with avocados per week to the USA, i.e. approximately one truck every eight minutes.

It's worth noting that the trucks that transport the avocado use diesel as fuel and that, so far, there have been no significant issues with them and they continue working normally.

However, it is vitally important that there are no diesel shortages in these weeks as a limitation or delay in transport could lead to significant losses, not only because producer would stop exporting the fruit, but also due to non-compliance of supply contracts. So far there are no major issues, but there is a strong concern that things might get worse.

According to a report by the Local Plant Health Boards, until today, the harvest continues on schedule.


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