U.S. Suspends and then Lifts Ban on Avocados and Mexican Fishing Boats from the U.S.

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Bruce Zagaris

On February 13, 2022, Mexico’s agriculture ministry announced the suspension of U.S. avocado inspections in Michoacan as the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the inspections of avocados for export from Mexico’s Michoacan state will remain suspended until the U.S. is able to ensure the safety of U.S. inspectors working in Mexico after employees were threatened verbally.[1]  On February 18, the U.S. lifted the ban. On February 14, 2022, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office filed an environmental complaint against Mexico due to its failure to halt illegal fishing to protect the endangered vaquita marina, the world’s smallest porpoise.[2]

[1]    David Lawder and Chris Reese, USDA says inspections of Mexican avocados halted over safety of U.S. personnel, Reuters, Feb. 14, 2022.

[2]    Associated Press, Shortly before the Super Bowl, the U.S. suspends avocado imports from Mexico, Feb. 13, 2022.