South Texas is Taking Bigger Share of Mexican Produce Imports

South Texas is Taking Bigger Share of Mexican Produce Imports

In recent years Texas has been accounting for a growing share of Mexican imports.

Grow Farms Texas of Donna notes volume gains range from Mexican berries to broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and celery and the company believes this is only the beginning..

USDA statistics reveal 2019 crossings of Mexican open field tomatoes were twice as high in Pharr, Texas, compared with Nogales, Ariz., and crossings of Mexican adapted environment-grown tomatoes were just 9 percent less in Pharr than in Nogales.

An important factor in the growth of Mexican imports through South Texas is the proximity to population centers, especially in the eastern half of the U.S.

In the next five to 10 years, Grow Farm Texas believes avocados will continue to grow along with tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, lettuce and bell peppers.

USDA reports market shares for U.S. ports of entry for select commodities show:

  • Avocados: Nogales, Ariz., 2 percent; Pharr, Texas, 45 percent; Tampa, Fla. (boat), 1 percent; Laredo, Texas, 51 percent, Otay Mesa, Calif., 1 percent; Progreso, Texas, 1 percent.
  • Cauliflower: Pharr, Texas, 58 percent; Otay Mesa, Calif., 9 percent; Rio Grande City, Texas, 26 percent; Nogales, Ariz., 7 percent.
  • Watermelon: Progreso, Texas, 21 percent; Rio Grande City, Texas, 3 percent;  Pharr, Texas, 1 percent; Nogales, Ariz, 72 percent.