(Feb. 5) Thanks to some 11th-hour diplomacy, avocados from Mexico were allowed into the U.S. in time for the Feb. 4 Super Bowl.

Because of a strict protocol to prevent the introduction of pests, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires importers to get special permits before bringing in avocados from Mexico. This year, however, importers were surprised to find that their permits had an expiration date of Jan. 31, according to a news release from The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, Nogales, Ariz.

That’s because Feb. 1 marked the date avocados were allowed into California, Florida and Hawaii for the first time in decades.

By the time the USDA adjusted its permits to allow shipments after Jan. 31, it was faced with a monthlong backlog of permit applications, making it impossible for avocado importers to get product across the border in time for the Super Bowl, according to a news release.

Fortunately, association officials were able to find a USDA supervisor to expedite the permit process in time for the game. By the end of Feb. 1, most permit renewals had been processed, according to the association.