Thirty-nine percent of all imported fruits and vegetables consumed in North America are represented by FPAA. Fresh produce imports from Mexico through Arizona BPOE increased nearly fifteen percent in 2016 to $3.3 billion dollars, a $418.7 million dollar increase from the previous period.
In 1905, the first rail car carrying fresh produce from Mexico crossed the border at Nogales, Arizona. Today, Mexico has become the top supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables for the United States – and the FPAA is the leading agent of produce trade at the U.S.-Mexico border and across the country.
Founded in Nogales, Arizona, in 1944, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas has grown to become one of the most influential agricultural groups in the United States. Today, the FPAA provides a powerful voice for improvement and sustainability, serving the needs of more than 100 North American companies involved in the growth, harvest, marketing, import, and distribution of Mexican produce.
Mexico represents 39% of all imported fruits and vegetables consumed in North America annually. Nogales is the largest port of entry for produce grown in Mexico, and facilitates nearly 5 billion pounds and 3 billion dollars worth of fruits and vegetables through its port each year. The FPAA is over 100 members strong and focused on critical business objectives to ensure the health of our industry.
Our efforts, combined with the support of our members, yield positive results. We initiated and support major changes that benefit the industry of produce trade across the Mexican border.
Continue to be the leading voice for market access of imported fresh fruits and vegetables for consumers across North America
Our Mission :
Ensure market access for imported fresh fruits and vegetables by informing and advocating with government and industry on behalf of Members, thereby providing consistent expertise and support.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Only members of the FPAA have special access to up-to-date reports addressing such topics as daily produce shipments and crossings, terminal market news and information about particular crops. Members also receive local and national legislation updates, world news pertaining to the Mexican produce industry and updates about FPAA projects, efforts and events. The FPAA provides education and support to meet individual members’ specific needs, and we spearhead relief efforts to members during times of crisis.
Becoming a member is easy. Learn more in our membership section, or call us at 520-287-2707 for more information.
Read more here: General Membership Information
Absolutely! Mexican produce is held to the same high safety standard as U.S. produce. In fact, the FDA tests the safety levels of Mexican fruits and vegetables nine times as stringently as it does domestic produce. Many Mexican growers also contract with U.S.-based, third-party certification companies to make absolutely sure that their safety procedures from the fields to the packing houses are top-notch.
Read more here: Food Safety
The FPAA makes it easy to discover who might be currently carrying the produce you are looking for. Follow this link to determine produce availability.
When is the produce I want ready to be shipped?
Check our region chart of growing seasons for major varieties.
Almost any kind you can think of! Because of Mexico’s diverse growing regions and climates, a huge assortment of produce varieties are available all year round.
Read more here: Producers & Suppliers