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On April 12, 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved an assessment rate increase of ¼ cent per pound on fresh mangos, increasing the rate to ¾ cent per pound for whole fresh mangos sold in the United States. We first proposed an increase in the assessment rate after an approved motion from board members in September 2009.
The initial assessment rate of ½ cent per pound on fresh mangos was established in the inception of the NMB in 2005. After careful deliberation on the future of the NMB and the mango industry, board members approved the motion to begin the proposal process.
First handlers and importers of 500,000 pounds or more annually are required to pay an assessment. First handlers and importers of less than 500,000 pounds of mangos annually are exempt from the assessment through an exemption process.
Customs will begin collecting the new rate on September 1, 2012.