Avocado shortage possible with US-Mexico border closure


If President Donald Trump moves forward with his threat to close the southern border, the world’s largest supplier of avocados says the United States could see a disruption in supply.

Trump said Friday he would shut the border down this week if Mexican authorities didn’t immediately halt all illegal immigration.

The move would disrupt trade, including shipments of fruits and vegetables, and could have a negative impact on both country’s economies. According to the Department of Agriculture, nearly half of all imported vegetables and 40% of imported fruit are from Mexico.

In a statement to Reuters, Mission Produce President Steve Barnard said Americans would run out of avocados within three weeks if Trump shuts down the southern border.

“You couldn’t pick a worse time of year because Mexico supplies virtually 100% of the avocados in the U.S. right now,” he said. “California is just starting and they have a very small crop, but they’re not relevant right now and won’t be for another month or so.”

Barnard also said while the United States would be affected by the disruption, his company shouldn’t experience any detrimental impacts other than not being able to provide shipments of avocados and other produce.

“We would be out of business for a while,” Barnard said.

The border closure could also raise the price of produce nationwide.

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