Michoacan Governor Alfredo Ramirez expressed optimism that the halted shipments of avocados to the United States could soon resume, following a suspension of health inspections by U.S. authorities due to a recent security incident. Ramirez, speaking to Radio Formula, anticipated the lifting of the inspection suspension by midweek, aiming for resumption soon. The interruption stemmed from an episode last Friday night, involving two Mexican national inspectors from the U.S. embassy, who were reportedly improperly detained during a protest in Aranza, Michoacan—a demonstration said to support local police.

The U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, responded to the incident by confirming that the inspectors had been assaulted and detained while carrying out avocado inspections in Michoacan. He emphasized that their safety was compromised, leading to the suspension of avocado and mango exports until further security assurances were met. Despite Governor Ramirez’s optimism, Salazar stressed that the continuation of the suspension hinged on resolving security concerns rather than any sanitary issues. Michoacan, a major exporter of avocados with an annual trade value of approximately $3.5 billion, primarily to the U.S., has faced periodic export halts due to security challenges linked to gang violence in the region. Ramirez highlighted ongoing collaborative efforts with the U.S. embassy to facilitate the swift resumption of avocado exports, aiming for a potential reopening as early as possible. The uncertainty surrounding the inspection suspension underscores the economic significance of the avocado trade for Michoacan and its international partners, reflecting broader implications for global agricultural markets. As both governments work towards resolving the security incident, stakeholders await developments that could impact the flow of this lucrative commodity crucial to the region’s economy and international trade relations.