Red Sea Crisis Fails to Dampen Indian Mango Export Prospects

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Despite a steep rise in freight charges, Indian exporters are optimistic about a 10-15 percent year-on-year increase in mango exports. The US, Canada, and Mauritius are emerging as key markets for Indian mangoes, fueling this optimism.

Indian mangoes, particularly the Alphonso from Maharashtra and the Kesar from Gujarat, are gaining popularity abroad. Last year, exports were subdued due to a short crop, resulting in just over 28,000 metric tons being exported. This year, exports have begun well, with phytosanitary inspectors from the US and Korea already in the country.

Kaushal Khakhar, CEO of KayBee Exports, noted good demand from the US, Mauritius, and Canada. “Quality-wise, there are no complaints. Demand is also good,” he said. Despite freight charges more than doubling due to the Red Sea crisis, Khakhar remains confident about growth in exports.

The Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB) has halted mango exports by sea this year because of the Red Sea crisis. However, officials report that around 2,000 metric tons of mangoes have been processed and exported from MSAMB’s center so far. The export season initially faced logistic issues as airlines refused consignments, leading to missed orders. Currently, airline issues have been resolved, but profit margins for exporters remain slim.

Alphonso mangoes from Maharashtra’s Konkan coast are enjoying an extended season, with farmers hopeful that their produce will be available until the end of May. Kesar mangoes from Gujarat and Maharashtra are expected to arrive until late June or early July. Government officials anticipate a 10–15 percent increase in mango exports this year.

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