Export of Indian mango to the United States (US) will start after a gap of two years and the volume of exports during 2022 is likely to surpass 1,095 million tonnes recorded in 2019-20, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said on Tuesday.
“The Central Government has secured the approval of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for export of Indian mangoes to the USA in the new season. Consumers in the United States (US) would now have access to excellent quality mangoes from India,” the ministry said in a statement.
The export of Indian mangoes has been restricted by the USA since 2020 as USDA inspectors were unable to visit India for inspection of irradiation facility due to restrictions imposed on international travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision to resume the export of Indian mango was taken during the 12th India-USA Trade Policy Forum (TPF) meeting held on November 23, 2021. The Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have signed a framework agreement for implementing the 2 Vs 2 Agri market access issues.
Under the agreement, India and the US would follow joint protocol on irradiation for India’s mango exports and pomegranate exports to the US and import of cherries and Alfalfa hay from the US.