Mexican demand for US apples is rising

Mexico’s demand for apples from the US continues to grow, with the state of Washington shipping up to 14 million boxes of apples south of the border this season.

“Mexico imports 12 to 14 million boxes of apples in a year. If we talk about 14 million boxes, we talk about 14,000 trucks that cross the border daily to Mexico,” said Juan Carlos Moreira, a representative of Washington apples in Mexico.

Mexico is the number one export market for Washington apples, and exports have increased by 75% over the past 15 years, Moreira said. Washington exports apples valued at $200 million to $250 million to Mexico every year. This year’s Washington apple crop is one of the largest in history at 138.2 million fresh-packed 40-pound boxes, according to the latest report from the Washington State Tree Fruit Association.

Among the main fresh-packed apple varieties that Washington exports to Mexico are Gala, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp and Red Delicious.

The removal of a 20% tariff in May also could boost US exports to Mexico this season. The Mexican tariff against US apples was in place for almost a year. It was a retaliatory measure against US tariffs on Mexican steel. Mexican imports of US apples fell nearly 16% during the period, according to the US Department of Agriculture.


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