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There are substantial differences among products. Many agriculture products are prohibited entry into the United States from certain countries because they may carry plant pests and foreign animal diseases. With two major state-of-the-art processing and cooling facilities, one in Salinas, California, and one in El Centro, California, the company maintains year-round operations.

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The Fruits and Vegetables Import Manual covers all fresh fruits and vegetables including fresh herbs and sprouts and immature nuts that have not been separated from their husk, that are imported from any foreign country, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, or Northern Mariana Islands. Fruits likewise contain vitamin A, calcium, protein and iron. Bringing Food into the U. Moreover, doing business in Europe requires a pro-active attitude. Page - 1 As Americans have become wealthier and more ethnically diverse, the American food basket reflects a growing share of tropical products, spices, and imported gourmet products.

Page - 1 Vegetables importers are companies that import fresh vegetables from international suppliers. Products available include mushrooms of various kinds like oyster, abalone, shitake mushrooms among others. We represent our growers from Central and South America in the U. If you are living in an area where fruits and vegetable production is good enough, you can consider initiating a fruits vegetables export business starting just from your local growers.

In the United States, imported foods increase as Americans consume more products unavailable locally or that are unable to meet consumer demand. We provide a wide variety of frozen vegetables sourced from all major European production sites and export these frozen vegetables to all countries in the world. Today, when all the fruits and vegetables are produced using pesticides, we hold the distinction of providing them with less pesticides.

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Agri Exchange provides the facility to the exporters to track the presence of the importers of the product of their interest in the Importers Directory which is Importing Food Products into the United States Importers can import foods into the United States without prior sanction by FDA, as long as the facilities that produce, store, or otherwise Import of Fruit Vegetable shipments has taken place under HS Code and the import consignment was cleared at Indian ports of Bombay Air and Jnpt.

APHIS developed the FAVIR database in response to the July 18, final rule, known as Quarantine 56 or the Q56 revision, which established a streamlined approach for the importation of certain fruits and vegetables without specific prior rulemaking.

US Fruit & Vegetable Imports Skyrocket After Trade Agreements

One good example of problems imported fruits and vegetables can cause is the Mediterranean fruit fly outbreak during the s. This proposed rule would allow certain fruits and vegetables to be imported into the United States from certain parts of the world. Exporting Excellence To export foreign fruits and vegetables, you must apply for an agricultural import permit from APHIS and obtain a phytosanitary certificate from the exporting country.

Fresh fruit arrives daily into the U. Page - 1 Suma Fruits International, a solid experienced reliable partner for fine quality fresh produce, provides a virtual forecast of the numerous products and services offered. Once you have signed the Importer Compliance Agreement, it will be valid, certifying you will meet all regulatory requirements and conditions. Our own production. Exports of Vegetables and Fruits in the United States averaged As Americans have become wealthier and more ethnically diverse, the American food basket reflects a growing share of tropical products, spices, and imported gourmet products.

It was a reversal from , when fresh fruit imports had slid by 2. In , China imported 4. The place of production where the avocados were grown must remain identifiable when the fruit leaves the grove, at the packinghouse, and throughout the export process. When looking for potential buyers, you need to be well prepared. Eighty two percent of Mexico's horticultural production is consumed by its own large and growing market of 86 million inhabitants. Hence, Mexico is quite different from Holland, Chile, New Zealand or South Africa, all of which have export-driven horticultural sectors.

For reasons which will be elaborated on later, the domestically oriented production regions of Mexico face significant obstacles to the development of export-oriented production. The export-driven frozen vegetable industry is concentrated in central Mexico in the Bajio, competing with the Salinas valley of California.

While other regions also compete and new exporting regions are emerging in Mexico, the above simplification helps to focus the discussion. During the summer and fall Mexico receives rains which can adversely affect quality and volume and the climate is too hot in Sinaloa and Sonora to produce vegetables.

Hence, with the exception of limited export volume out of Baja California, U. Over the last decade the California and Mexican fresh produce industries have developed a largely complementary and coordinated relationship to supply the U.

Large California grower-shippers produce in various regions of the state throughout the year to extend seasons, supplying their customers through stable, central marketing organizations. Contracting for production in Mexico and other countries was a mere extension of this year-round marketing orientation, as well as in some cases a strategy for lowering costs.

Consequently, the California and Mexican export industries have become increasingly integrated.

In contrast, Florida grower-shippers are not year-round producers and marketers and view Mexico Sinaloa as representing a direct competitive threat during their fall through spring season. Hence, in the U. From the Mexican perspective, growers are most concerned about competition from the Washington and California deciduous fruit industries, which overlap with Mexican shipping seasons and have lower costs and superior quality. While the assumption is that tariff elimination through a NAFTA would give Mexico significant new advantages, the trade-weighted average tariff rate for U.

Most crops have unitary tariffs established in the s, hence, inflation has eroded their effective protection. However, certain crops, such as fresh asparagus, frozen broccoli and cauliflower, and melons have high ad valorem tariffs ranging from On the other hand, fresh tomatoes, Mexico's key horticultural export, face a low unitary tariff, usually equivalent to under 5 percent of the value and rarely over 10 percent.

An important caveat exists regarding ad valorem tariffs. A duty drawback program is in place which mitigates the protection these tariffs provide. Under this program the U.

For example, California-based asparagus and melon grower-shippers produce and export from California in one season and import the same crops from Mexico during their off-season, maintaining a year-round marketing presence. These internationally integrated firms can then return a portion or all of the duty drawback to their Mexican suppliers. However, these benefits are only available to Mexican producers tied in with internationally integrated firms. Duty elimination through a NAFTA would likely open up the export option to more Mexican growers, increasing competition.

The trade-weighted average tariff rate for U. Until Mexico's accession to the GATT it also had licensing restrictions that were highly effective non-tariff trade barriers. The number of agricultural commodities requiring licenses decreased from in to 57 in As Mexico has reduced its import licensing requirements, U. Lower labor rates in Mexico are often cited as a crucial advantage for Mexico. However, while labor rates are substantially lower in Mexico, labor is frequently less productive, due to restrictive work rules, less intensive management and other factors.

Harvesting and packing costs are almost always lower in Mexico as a result of the lower wage rates and labor-intensiveness of these tasks. But production operations are often not as labor-intensive as harvesting and packing, as technology has evolved to substitute chemical and mechanical inputs for labor. More intensive production technology and management in the U. Hence, Mexican per unit as opposed to per acre pre-harvest production costs are often well within 10 percent of U.

Notable exceptions to this are bell peppers, fresh tomatoes and avocados. Mexico then augments its cost advantage at the harvest and packing level, but must face additional costs to land product in the U. The imperatives of exporting, including transportation costs to reach the U. Transportation costs to the border generally amount to 4 to 8 percent of the value of the product. Further, selling costs are usually higher for Mexican than U.

For example, the average selling cost for an Production costs are increasing much more rapidly for Mexican producers than for U. The Mexican government has embarked on a program to drastically reduce or eliminate production subsidies for fertilizer, water, electricity and other agricultural inputs.

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These programs are being phased in rapidly, contributing to substantially higher costs for Mexican growers since Mexican growers are also being incorporated into their federal tax regime, making them subject to income taxes for the first time. The Mexican vegetable export sector is very dependent on U. These products are more expensive to Mexican growers due to transportation costs to their production sites, border crossing costs and Mexican import duties ranging from percent. Hence, over the long run the cost of purchased inputs in Mexico should decrease and become closer to U.

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In the meantime, labor is Mexico's primary cost advantage. Another factor affecting Mexican competitiveness is the revaluation of the peso relative to the dollar since The overvalued peso reduces the cost to growers of imported inputs, but since these represent only a portion of total costs, the overall effect is to increase dollar-denominated costs for Mexican exports.

The Mexican government is likely to maintain its revaluation policy in the near term, because it is an important component of its inflation control policy and Mexico has considerable foreign currency reserves. The relative competitiveness of Florida and Sinaloa warrant special attention because of Sinaloa's dominant role in Mexican vegetable exports.

Although the Florida-Sinaloa relationship is often characterized as "head to head" competition, Sinaloa is mainly a winter producer, capturing almost all the U. March represents the most intense month of competition between Sinaloa and Florida. Since these shipping patterns evolved due to natural climatic factors i. Cost comparisons between Sinaloa and Florida indicate that without the current U.

However, only in the case of bell peppers and tomatoes grown in one region of Florida the Southwest are the cost differences over 10 percent. Cucumbers are on the margin with 10 percent lower costs, without the duty. With the duties in place, landed Nogales costs are currently similar to and in some cases higher than Florida costs, usually due to lower yields in Sinaloa. With similar costs f. Florida and Nogales, transportation costs are a primary factor influencing sales. Sinaloan vegetables generally stay west of the Mississippi River because transportation costs make them uncompetitive in the East.