The lockdown in India is finally heading towards its end. A good thing, as countries are waiting to start their imports of mangoes as soon as they can. It is expected there will be no restrictions for the export of processed mangoes, which is a good alternative for the countries that do not have fresh mango fruits throughout the year.
With the lockdown in India coming to an end on the 3rd of May, it seems that opening up the country will happen just in time for the general mango season. According to Claudia Lauener Hofer, chairman of the board for Swiss fresh produce trader Frutco AG, they’re not expecting any issues when it comes to importing mangoes this season: “From India there will be no restriction for the export of mangoes, as being a processed item as confirmed by Government & FSSc through TUV Nord. Coming up with special requirements for the disaster management will rest with the country of import. The lockdown in the Krishnagiri area will be withdrawn on the 3rd of May, while the general mango season commences after the first week of May in our area, so there will be no expected export issues from India’s end.”
Despite the lockdown, Frutco does not expect there will be any problems when it comes to supply from India: “We expect India will be able to meet demand, except for maybe the Alphonso mangoes from western India, as processing hasn’t started yet in that area. This means they’re two weeks behind schedule already. We’re not expecting to need any alternative markets, but otherwise we could look towards Brazil, South Africa, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador and Peru. As the Indian market has not opened up yet, only after the country opens up will we know what the prices for processed mangoes are going to be,” Hofer concludes.