Different types of dragon fruit are becoming more popular all around the world. Shipping them through customs and taxing may seem difficult. Let us help you with understanding everything you need to know about how to ship dragon fruit.
Where does Dragon Fruit Ship From?
Dragon fruit originates in Central and South America. Specific growing countries include Asia, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Israel. They’re grown with a pink or yellow scale-like skin and a white or red inner flesh. Dragon fruit grows in temperatures only between 32 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The fruit grows best in a tropical climate and the land needs a pH value of around 7.
Dragon Fruit Growing Countries
- Vietnam – Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable export value reached $3.55 billion, up 8.6 percent compared to 2020.
- California – California agricultural exports totaled $20.8 billion in 2020, a decrease of 2.8 percent from 2019.
- Florida – Florida agricultural exports dropped 12.4% in 2020 from a decade-high $4.3 billion to a decade-low $3.8 billion.
- Hawaii – In 2018, Hawaii exported $483 million of manufactured products. Hawaii exports of manufactured products supported an estimated 2,651 jobs in 2016.
- Costa Rica – US$180.21 Million during 2020, according to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade.
- El Salvador – Exports In 2020, El Salvador exported $147k in Tropical Fruits, making it the 129th largest exporter of Tropical Fruits in the world.
- Mexico – Exports In 2020, Mexico exported $3.34B in Tropical Fruits, making it the 1st largest exporter of Tropical Fruits in the world.
Different regions and climates create different strains of dragon fruit. Let’s look into these:
Yellow Dragon – is a sweet fruit with bumpy yellow skin and creamy white flesh.
Costa Rican Sunset – has pink skin and dark pink flesh with very few seeds.
Makisupa – has pale pink and green skin and bright pink flesh, and it leaves the mouth
David Bowie – is a smaller, slender fruit with pink skin, white flesh, and a lemon taste.
Harpua – is medium-sized and has a melon flavor.
Natural Mystic – has pink skin, deep pink flesh, and is grown in Florida.
Purple Haze – has few seeds, a kiwi-like flavor, and grows up to two pounds each.
Red Jaina – is best used for juicing.
Vietnamese Jaina – is Vietnam’s #1 dragon fruit variety for export.
Voodoo Child – is egg-sized and has a very sweet, grape-like taste.
How to Package Dragon Fruit to Ship
- The fruit is treated with clean water and dried naturally or with a clean towel to dry before being put into a nylon bag.
- The fruit is arranged in a carton box with baffles so that the fruits are fixed and not damaged.
- Ensure the correct size, quantity, and weight of fruit.
- Place carton boxes with dragon fruit into a crate carefully stacked to prevent damage.
- Use padding, wrapping, foam, etc. to ensure the safest delivery.
Shipping with a Reefer Truck
When shipping fruit, a refrigerated truck is used to maintain peak freshness and prevent rotting. Here is a list of some carriers that have reefer trucks available:
Shipping Customs on Dragon Fruit
Produce shippers must keep a copy of the commercial import to show customs as evidence of the weight and value of the import, so it can be taxed appropriately. Another important document that you’ll need is what’s known as a Customs Bond. It is issued by a third-party surety company to the importer on record and serves as a sort of insurance for the CBP. The customs bond instructions ensure that the CBP will get paid for all duties, taxes, and fees since the surety company will pay if the importer goes bankrupt mid-shipment.