Pakistani mango exporters are determined to abandon the U.S. market after only one season. The extremely stringent requirements would reduce margins, according to industry experts.
But if exports are paralyzed, it could prove embarrassing for efforts that started in 2010, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered to help Pakistan export the fruit in an attempt to relieve anti-Americanism. The U.S. Embassy announced in January of this year that the U.S. had helped mango producers to increase regional exports by more than 60% and earnings in the last year.
Pakistani officials confirmed that such assistance had taken place, but despite this trade has shown to be ineffective. "Pakistan can not export mangoes to the United States this season due to certain restrictions, the producers feel that to do business would turn out to be unprofitable," said Kashif Niazi, an official from the Ministry of Commerce.