Mexico is the world's 12th biggest producer of bananas in the world and its banana production increased by 2.9% in 2020, totaling 2,469,000 tons and 274 million dollars, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Development (Sader).
Mexico exports 30% of its production to 43 markets. The main destinations are the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Russia, Italy, and New Zealand.
Bananas are grown in 16 states of the country. Chiapas, Tabasco, and Veracruz are the main producers and account for more than 60% of the total national production, according to data from the Agri-Food and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP).
During the year there is a stable banana production, with a monthly average of 200,000 tons. Mexican orchards have remarkable yields, exceeding the world average, and account for 1.4% of all the areas devoted to this fruit in the world, according to SIAP.
Mexican bananas arrived in China in 2020
Mexico shipped its first shipments of bananas to China in January of last year. Back then, the country sent 39 tons of fruit produced in Tabasco, Colima, and Chiapas.
Sader highlighted that Mexico and the Asian country have a phytosanitary protocol for exports of this product and that China, which has a population of more than 1.3 billion people, was a potentially attractive market for Mexican bananas.