Avocado for everyone! Michoacán and the US agree to reactivate exports of the ‘green gold’

He U.S. government and producers in Michoacan they announced that starting in july Mexican avocado exports will begin to normalize, after they were suspended for security reasons.

In a statement, the Association of Producers and Packers (APEAM) explained that they received a message from the United States Department of Agriculture detailing a plan for the reopening of operations between both countries.

“Today we received communication from the USDA indicating the plan to restart work for all packaging in the state of Michoacán. There will be three phases,” the organization indicated.

According to APEAM, it will be from July 1 when the activities of 11 packing plants resume located in the municipalities of Auitzio del Canje, Condémbaro, Morelia, Pátzcuaro and Salvador Escalante. A day later, on July 2, other 14 balers will restart their activities in Peribán de Ramos and Tacámbaro.

Finally, on July 3, 12 more packing plants operations will begin in Ciudad Hidalgo, Ecuandureo, La Cantera, Tancintaro, Tunguindin, Tocumbo, Villa Madero and Zitacuaro.

Why did Mexican avocado exports to the United States stop?

In the week, United States and Mexico they reached an agreement to resume inspections of mango and avocado from Michoacán, as announced by the state governor, Alfredo Ramirez Bedollaat a press conference.

The agreement came after a meeting held on Monday between Ramírez Bedolla and the United States ambassador, Ken Salazar. It will include close communication between the authorities of both countries and an emergency plan, Salazar said during the press conference.

Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture had notified the Association of Avocado Producers and Packers Exporters of Mexico that it would suspend imports from Michoacán after reports about the holding against their will two US agricultural inspectors during a protest over police salaries.

Earlier, President López Obrador criticized the United States for acting unilaterally in suspending shipments. He said the situation could have been avoided if officials from both countries had discussed the matter earlier.

“We asked the United States government, first, not to act unilaterally. We have very good relations, we are working together,” AMLO said at his daily press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City.

This suspension was the second by the neighboring country on the import of Mexican avocados in the last two and a half years, due to security concerns, although other states were able to continue exporting without interruptions.

With information from Bloomberg.