In 2022, several countries in Latin America saw a significant increase in their avocado exports to the United States. These countries, including Peru, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Chile, were slowly gaining market share in a $3 billion industry. However, despite their progress, official US figures reveal that these nations failed to keep up with Mexican exporters in 2023.
According to data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Mexico has remained the dominant exporter of avocados to the US since the beginning of the last decade. In 2023, Mexico accounted for 84 percent of all avocado imports to the US, while other countries combined accounted for just 16 percent.
Despite Mexico’s continued dominance, other Latin American nations have been making strides in recent years. In 2023, Peru sold over 74 thousand tons of avocado to the US, down from a high of 122 thousand tons in 2021. Meanwhile, Colombia and Chile both experienced significant declines in their exports to the US.
On the other hand, New Zealand and Mongolia also exported small quantities of avocado to the US in insignificant amounts compared to Mexico and other Latin American countries. The case of New Zealand was particularly notable as they went from selling only 500 tons of avocado in 2019 to selling almost twice as much in just one year (999 tons)