Avocado shipments to the US: When will they resume and who will monitor inspectors in Michoacán?

The ‘punishment’ for the Mexican avocado was lifted on Monday, as announced by the United States ambassador in Mexico, Ken Salazar, and to achieve this, security conditions were agreed upon that the government of Michoacán must comply with.

The governor of the state, Alfredo Ramírez Bedolla, detailed in an interview for Ciro Gómez Leyva’s program that inspections have already resumed, which are essential to supervise avocado cutting and export along its entire route.

The state president assured that these activities will be gradually resumed in the 54 municipalities of the state, so it is expected that by next Thursday June 27 shipping of avocado is restored to 100 percent.

Ramírez Bedolla explained that the agreement, reached on Monday, includes providing very close support to the inspectors of the United States embassy to give them all the facilities and security in carrying out all their daily activities.

Who will protect avocado inspectors in Michoacán?

The security strategy to protect the inspectors includes the Michoacán police. “It was the agreement we reached with the Foreign Ministry and the issue really has to do with the security agreements,” she pointed out.

Avocado and mango producers in the entity also expressed their interest in protecting the supervisors, because they know the importance of their work to provide an outlet for their products.

They are approximately 100 inspectors from the North American embassy and it was negotiated that every three months a review would be carried out not only on safety issues, but also on issues such as the environment and the working conditions of workers.

During these days of the veto, 11 thousand tons of avocado and 4 thousand tons of mangoes were detained, detailed Alfredo Ramírez Bedolla.

Why did the US ‘punish’ Mexican avocado exports?

A pause in Mexican avocado exports was announced last week after a spokesperson for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)expressed concern for the safety of its staff.

As detailed, the inspectors were attacked and detained while carrying out their work, but were later released.