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American Consolidation & Logistics Opens a Third Warehouse in Miami

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Miami, FL –  A third Miami warehouse location for international produce importer, American Consolidation & Logistics (ACL) has been leased.   The 93,799 sq. ft. facility located at 3200 NW 67th Avenue in the South Florida Logistics Center is one of the only controlled atmospheres for fumigation in the country. This multimillion-dollar deal gives ACL a prime location near Miami International Airport, where much of their imported produce arrives by plane.

The leasing project was handled by ComReal, led by Partner and Managing Member, Edward Redlich.

“Our new location near MIA is critical. We can provide our clients peace-of-mind by assuring that their produce is transported as quickly as possible to our specialty refrigeration units located inside our warehouse.” Said Jose Medina, CEO of American Consolidation and Logistics. “The quick work of finding this facility by Edward Redlich and his team of Chris Spear and Edison Vasquez was unbelievable. I’ve never worked with a Realtor more professional, diligent, and who conducts business with complete integrity like Ed does.”

In the Fall of 2016, Redlich and his team were retained by ACL to acquire a +/- 100,000 sq. ft. refrigerated warehouse facility. They began working on a comprehensive site selection of potential properties that would suit ACL’s needs including both existing warehouse buildings and vacant land for build-to-suit construction. The only building that already had the refrigeration systems installed and ready-to-go was Building #1 at South Florida Logistics Center, where ACL now operates. In addition to Miami International Airport, the property is also easily accessible to PortMiami via truck or railroad. American Consolidation & Logistics moved into their new warehouse on April 17, 2017. This is their third South Florida location along with their Opa-Locka headquarters and a warehouse in Pompano Beach.

ComReal Miami – Doral: The ComReal Industrial Team has been assisting companies with their South Florida real estate needs for over 30 years.

American Consolidation & Logistics: ACL specializes in handling imports of fresh fruits and vegetables, having a wealth of experience with produce.

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National Produce Shipping Outlook as We Wait for Spring Volume Increases

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DSCN7302If you thought produce hauling was bad in January, you’ve probably not found February to be any better.  But it’s that time of the year.  Hang in there, March is coming and volume on many items will be picking up as we head into spring.  In the meantime, here’s a national outlook for some of the better loading opportunities.

Apple Shipments

Washington state’s Yakima and Wenatchee valleys are providing the lion’s share of apple shipments, and the single biggest volume for any fruit or vegetable right now, moving around 3100 truck load equivalents per week.  Michigan and New York state are loading some apples, but nothing close to Washington.

Washington apples and pears – grossing about $6200 to New York City.

Potato Shipments

As has been the case for months, one of the heaviest volume produce item is with Idaho potato shipments.  Originating primarily from the Burley and Twin Falls areas, the state is averaging around 1900 truck load equivalents per week.  However, keep in mind with a big crop and low f.o.b. prices, shippers are looking for the cheapest transportation available, and often that is with the railroad….Colorado’s San Luis Valley is shipping about 600 truck loads of potatoes, while Central Wisconsin is moving about half that volume.

Idaho potato shipments – grossing about $5100 to New York City.

Imported Produce

Mexican imported  produce continues crossing the border near McAllen, Tx.  Avocados last week amounted to around 875 truck loads and volume is expected to increase.  Mexican tomatoes are around 500 truck loads per week.  There’s many other items in much smaller volume ranging from limes to watermelon crossing the South Texas border.

Imported cantaloupes are in good volume primarily from Guatemala and Honduras arriving mostly at Southern Florida ports and ports in Southern California…..Peruvian grape arrivals are pretty much finished.  Problems with Chilean grape quality are supposed to be improving now, but still keep an eye on what’s being loaded.  But Chile’s the only game in town now with grapes, with most arriving at Ports in the Philadelphia area.



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Imported Produce at U.S. Ports is Increasing

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Imported produce is relatively light, but is increasing as we advance further into fall.  Full tilt will come during the winter months and continue until the North American spring starts coming into view.  The vast majority of arrivals will be by boat at various U.S. ports.

Among the heaviest volumes right now are Mexican limes and lemons, crossing the border primarily through South Texas.  Both are increasing in volume with limes averaging about 500 truck loads weekly, and lemons about half this amount.  Mexican blueberries also are very light, but will be increasing in volume crossing the border in both Texas and Nogales.  There’s also light volume of Peruvian blueberries coming by boat.

There is increasing arrivals of South African Valencia oranges at U.S. ports.  Mexican Valencias will be very light until mid October through South Texas….Chile is a major supplier of winter fruit to the U.S., but that will mostly be after the first of the year. However, nearly 400 truck load equivalents of Chilean tangerines are currently arriving weekly…..Mexican avocados through Texas would normally be heavier now, but there is a strike underway by Mexican growers.

Port of Oakland

TraPac LLC plans to lease an additional 57 acres and two vessel berths nearly double its marine terminal size on the Outer Harbor at the Port of Oakland.

TraPac is the second-largest terminal operator in Oakland and a proposed 14-year lease agreement with the port will become final if approved at an October 27 board meeting.

“This is a significant step forward for TraPac and the port,” port maritime director John Driscoll said in a news release. “TraPac gets room to expand its thriving business and the port gets to revitalize valuable property with a highly respected tenant.”

TraPac, based in Wilmington, CA, handles 20 percent of the containerized cargo moving through the Port of Oakland.  Under the new agreement, it would have four berths and 123 acres.  Much of the land would be used for cargo handling.

TraPac began Oakland operations in 1991 and also manages other terminals in Los Angeles and Jacksonville, FL

The company plans to construct a new gate to give harbor truckers better access to the terminal.

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More Mexican Imports by Boat to Philly are Seen

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IMG_6499+1Increased loading opportunities for imported produce at Philadelphia are becoming available with a new SeaLand refrigerated sea trade route now operational between the east coast of Mexico and Philadelphia.

Produce haulers should benefit as more fresh produce companies in the Northeast become direct distributors of fresh Mexican fruits and vegetables.  The new trade route has been in the works for the past two years spearheaded by Ship Philly First and related Philadelphia trade groups.  The first avocados and limes arrived on a SeaLand ship February 4th from Mexico.   Ramped up operators are now occurring.

When SeaLand formally announced the service on December. 17th, it indicated the SeaLand Atlantico refrigerated containership route would debark on Tuesdays from the Port of Veracruz.  It will then take two days to arrive in Port Altamira, a Mexican port to the north of Veracruz.  The ship will leave on Thursdays — the same day as arrival — and then arrive at Philadelphia’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal on the following Wednesday.

The six-day transit time from Mexico to Philadelphia means trucks will be delivering Mexican produce up to 40 percent of the U.S. population within a day’s drive.

SeaLand has indicated that 100 containers shipped aboard SeaLand Atlantico would save 31,487 gallons of fuel versus what trucks would burn on the same delivery. 600 containers will save 188,821 gallons of fuel.

Mangos are a very important commodity for this service.  Truck transportation will continue to be the primary way Mexican produce is hauled with product grown within a certain distance of Nogales, San Diego or South Texas.  However, Mexican growers to the south and east can gain a great deal by looking toward the ocean link.  Still, trucks will be required, once the boats arrive at port, and boats certainly can’t handle nearly all of the Mexican volume, not matter where it originates.


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Imported Items Continue Arriving at Border Crossings, Ports

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DSCN5300While we tend to focus more on imported produce during the winter months when Southern Hemisphere fruits and vegetables are in good production, there is still a substantial amount of product crossing our borders or arriving at ports.

Mangos have become a major commodity over the past couple of decades in America and there currently are larger-than-normal volumes expected from Mexico during the second quarter of 2015.  Mexican mango imports will be approximately 36 million boxes during Q2 of 2015, which is about 10 percent more compared to approximately 33 million boxes of mangos imported during the same period from Mexico a year ago.

Additionally, Mexican mango imports in Q2 of 2015 are expected to be 3 percent higher than in 2013, which is the year that had the highest volume of Mexican mango imports on record.  The tropical fruit is crossing the border both at Nogales and in South Texas.

Peruvian Avocados

Peruvian avocado exporters expect to ship 204,000 tons of fruit for the 2015 season, an increase of more than 16,000 tons from the 2014 season.  Over 71,000 of those tons will be destined for the U.S. market, arriving primarily at East Coast ports.  Hass avocados will begin in late April, with production hitting its stride in the summer months and winding down in September.

Nogales Produce Shipments

Mexican imports through Nogales are past a peak for the year, but there is still substantial product, ranging from cucumbers to melons, squash and peppers.  The first Mexican grapes should start crossing the border any time now.

Lower Rio Grand Valley Produce

Mexican produce items crossing the border in South Texas range from watermelons to papayas.  Texas items range from sweet onions to citrus and cabbage.

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Fresh Produce Imports are Expected to Outpace exports

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DSCN3254+1With the USDA forecasting imports into the United States will exceed exports, that is good news for produce haulers.  Imported produce continues to grow, especially during the winter months.  U.S. ports, particularly in the Southeastern USA are handling more imported fresh perishables than ever.

The USDA is projecting stronger growth for U.S. imports of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Fresh fruit imports in FY 2015 will total $10.3 billion, 8.9 percent higher than 2014 and 23 percent above fiscal year 2013.  Fresh vegetable imports are forecast at $7.1 billion in 2015, 7 percent above FY 2014 and 8 percent above fiscal year 2013. The top imported fresh commodity in 2014 was Mexican tomatoes at $1.6 billion, 1 percent  above 2013. U.S. imports of Mexican avocados surged in value in 2014, rising from $920 million to $1.23 billion.

U.S. imports of fruits and vegetables will continue to outpace exports.  U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable exports will reach $7.9 billion in fiscal year 2015.  Strong exports of fresh fruits and vegetables will help total U.S. horticultural exports reach record levels. At $7.9 billion, fresh fruit and vegetable exports for fiscal year 2015 (October 2014 through September 2015) are forecast 6.4 percent ahead of fiscal year 2014’s total of $7.42 billion.

The U.S. exported $600 million in fresh berries to Canada in FY 2014, representing the biggest commodity export value to any country.  U.S. berry exports to Canada were 2 percent down from 2013,  but 5 percent above 2012.  U.S. exports of lettuce to Canada topped $400 million, and both grapes and apples tallied more than $200 million in export sales to Canada.  The top export to Mexico was apples at $257 million, down about 25 percent compared with 2013.

Imports from distribution centers near South Florida ports – grossing about $2300 to Chicago.


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West Coast Port Delays Increases Trucker’s Chances for Produce Claims

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DSCN3254+1If you haul imported produce at ports ranging from Washington state to Long Beach on the West Coast, your chances of claims are increasing as delays in getting product out of the ports are increasing, due to a labor dispute.

Imported perishables coming through West Coast ports have been delayed two to three day late on average.

This is resulting in a domino effect through distribution procedures and with timely deliveries.   These delays effect overall shelf life of the imported fruit and in the end trickles down to less time for consumers to eat the product.

The Pacific Maritime Association said recently a slowdown by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) in Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., had spread to Los Angeles and Long Beach. The two California ports handle about 64 percent of containerized cargo on the West Coast.  The union has denied a slowdown is taking place in either state, blaming the problems on a business model that  interferes with on-time delivery of chassis systems.

 Congestion has been occurring since at least last September in Los Angeles and Long Beach, where management lays blame on a variety of causes including a shortage of chassis, rail cars, surging cargo volume and a shortage of truck drivers. Labor strife will aggravate that, they said.

“Although the existing congestion has had ripple effects throughout the supply chain, it is the ILWU slowdowns that now have the potential to bring the port complex to the brink of gridlock,” Pacific Maritime Association spokesman Wade Gates said in a news release.

 In Seattle and Tacoma terminals that typically move 25 to 35 containers hourly, were moving just 10 to 18, according to the Pacific Maritime Association.

The two sides have been in negotiations since July 1, when the last contract expired.



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