After 10 years of negotiations, the USDA’s APHIS has approved and signed the protocol for the exportation of fresh avocado from Ecuador to the US. The OWP was officially signed on July 25, 2023. A date for an official first shipment is yet to be confirmed by Agrocalidad.
Ecuador has about 160 registered avocado producers in the provinces of Carchi, El Oro, Guayas, Imbabura, Los Ríos, Manabí, Pichincha, Santa Elena and Tungurahua. In 2022, Ecuadorian avocado exports were worth over a million dollars, with around 1,300 tons shipped to Spain, France, Russia, Dubai, Kazakhstan, and others.