The United States continues to be the main destination for Mexico's agricultural products, such as litchi. In 2018, Mexico exported 1,857 tons of litchi to that destination, i.e. 88.94 percent of the total volume it sent to at least seven countries, according to data from the Agricultural Food and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP).
The agency of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader) stated that these sales left income for up to 2,574 thousand dollars for Mexican producers.
The pleasant taste and smell of litchi has captivated consumers from many different nations and its consumption is not limited to fresh fruit, as its can also be consumed in pulp, jelly, and juice, according to an infographic published on SIAP's website.
The growing international demand for litchis has encouraged several countries, such as Mexico, to grow it. Mexico has just over 4,250 hectares devoted to this fruit, produces an annual 28,000 tons of it, and litchi production presented an average 7.7 percent growth in the 2012-2018 period.
This outlines an opportunity to increase its export that, according to data, rose to 2,088 tons last year and contributed foreign currency for 3,596,000 dollars.
Last year, Mexico exported its litchi to the US, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, and Spain.
The SIAP estimated that litchi exports increased by 1,550 tons from 2013 to 2018.