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W. Mexican Vegetables through Nogales Should Have Normal Volume this Season

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A365Mexican produce shipments crossing the border at Nogales, AZ typically has its heaviest volume the first three months of each New Year and this time around looks no different.

West Mexico vegetables, most of which goes through Nogales for distribution around North American, is expected to be mostly normal.

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americans, based in Nogales, reported tropical storms during the growing season may slow the start of the season for some crops, but in total volumes are expected to be on track with previous years.  Most years Nogales grows 1 to 3 percent in total volume.

Chamberlain Distributing Inc. of Nogales point to excessive rains that brought challenges with some crops in Sonora and Sinaloa, with some produce being affected more than others.  Some seasons may even end sooner than usual, especially in Sonora, with items ranging from cucumbers to bell peppers and squash.

MAS Melons & Grapes of Rio Rico, AZ expresses optimism and notes most crops are looking good.  The company is now winding down vegetables harvests from Caborca and Hermosillo.  Harvest is not moving on to Colima, and will continue until about March.   This means continuous shipments of watermelons, honeydews and mini watermelons lasting until mid-July.

Vamdervoet & Associates Inc. of Nogales has been shipping good volumes of honeydew, although Sonora production may end sooner than normal this season.   The company report as many as 100 loads of watermelon a day has been crossing the border at Nogales.

Bernardi & Associates Inc. of Nogales admits quality hasn’t been the greatest on some Mexican vegetables since the season started last fall, but see that improving as the harvest moves along.

 Del Campo Supreme Inc. of Nogales reports its tomato and pepper crops are looking good, despite delays in plantings due to rain.  Still, the company expects to have normal volume this season.  It expects to be shipping Mexican vegetables from mid December into May.

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A Produce Shipping Smorgasbord – Part II

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DSCN7617A week ago you were presented a smorgasbord of produce hauling opportunities from around the county.  Well, here’s Part II ranging from Mexican crossings into the Lower Rio Grand Valley of Texas to Northwest blueberry loadings, Wisconsin potatoes – and more.

South Texas Produce Shipments

Mexican produce shipments crossing the border into Pharr, Tx cover a lot of items ranging from citrus to tropical fruit and vegetables.  However, no one item has real heavy volume at this time.  Among the heaviest volume commodities are: avocados hitting about 675 truck loads per week, but volume is increasing; mangos with about 500 truck loads a week and limes at about 450 trucks load each week.

Around 550 truck loads of vine ripe, as well roma tomatoes are crossing the border weekly.

There’s also many other products coming into South Texas, but in much lighter volume ranging from lemons to papayas, broccoli, carrots and cucumbers.

Mexican produce crossing into South Texas – grossing about $2400 to Chicago.

Wisconsin Potato Shipments

Loadings of the old 2015-16 russet potato crop had in a fast seasonal decline.  Meanwhile, the central part of the state has just started shipping a few of the 2016-17 potato crop, but we’re another month of so away of good volume.

Northwest Blueberry Shipments

Blueberry shipments are increasing from both Oregon and Washington state, as well as from British Columbia.

Washington Apple Shipments

The consistent item in the Northwest is typically apples, especially since Washington easily lead the nation in apple shipments.  Even though it is very late in 2015-16 shipping season, Washington is still average over 650 truckloads each week.

Yakima Valley apples – grossing about $4600 to Dallas.

Watermelon Shipments

A week ago we cover Midwest watermelon hauling opportunities, here are some more.

California’s central San Joaquin Valley is moving around 350 truck loads per week.  On the east coast, North Carolina may be your best bet loading around 230 trucks loads of watermelons a week.

Both eastern Texas and western Oklahoma combing to ship nearly 500 trucks of watermelons per week.



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Mexican Grape Shipments for U.S. Coming Soon

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As many Mexican produce shipments through Nogales, AZ wind down this time of year, an exception are table grapes.  The fruit also will be crossing into South Texas.DSCN4879

Grape shipments from south of the border will get underway the first week of May in light volume.  Decent volume is being forecast for loadings to be delivered to U.S. markets in time for Memorial Day, May 30th.  Last year Mexico shipped 17.2 million cases of grapes.  While volume is expected to be good this year, it will most likely be below the total of a year ago.

The first grapes crossing the border will the green Perlette seedless variety.  However within days, the most popular variety, the red Flames seedless grapes will be available.  Most of the grapes are grown in Mexico’s Sonora state.   Weather factors are being cited for lower volume this season.  Very low volumes of the black seedless and Red Crimson grapes are predicted.  These late season grapes are a primary reason observers are seeing the Mexican grape season ending a little earlier this year than normal – the first of July.

Mexican produce shipments crossing through Nogales – grossing about $3200 to Chicago.




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Mexican Produce Import Volume is Finally Improving

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DSCN7160Imported Mexican produce volume has been much lower than normal due to rain and cold weather throughout the winter, plus a freeze at Christmas delayed plantings and tightened supplies of many items.  However better weather is resulting in higher volume in February.

While Mexican produce shipments in late February were approaching normal, some items remain in much lighter volume.  For example, bell peppers are expected to remain lighter than usual.  Mexican watermelon shipments should remain good until the last half of March when production will be less.   Yellow mangoes loadings have started within the past week, with volume picking up heading into March.

Mexican watermelon imports should hit good volume by mid-April.  A similar situation is expected with honeydews and cantaloupes.  Steady Mexican vegetable shipments are expected to continue with zucchini, yellow, gray, acorn, butternut and spaghetti squash.

There is now good volume with imports through Nogales with tomatoes on the vine, beefsteak, roma, grape, yellow grape and cocktail tomatoes, yellow bell peppers and organic round and roma tomatoes and eggplant.

Imported Mexican produce through Nogales – grossing about $3200 to Chicago.

Imported Mexican produce through Texas’ Lower Rio Grande Valley – grossing about $3900 to New York City.

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Texas Onion Shipments are Starting This Week; Vidalia follows Soon

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DSCN0557+1The first domestic sweet onion shipments in the U.S.  should get underway this week from South Texas, with product from Georgia shortly afterwards.

Texas Onion Shipments

The Lower Rio Grande Valley is just starting to dig sweet onions, with shipments of this product from South Texas to get underway within days.  This is taking place the same week that onions crossing the border from Mexico are expected to end.  Likewise,  storage onions from Idaho, Oregon and Washington are also finishing up.

The Lone Star States is expected to have about 3,500 acres of its well-known spring onions, which are usually shipped for about six weeks from early April to mid-May.  The 3,500 acres represents about a 2,000-acre decrease in plantings from a year ago.

South Texas produce shipments (grapefruit, oranges, cabbage) and Mexican produce shipments (tomatoes,  watermelons, tropical fruit, vegetables) – grossing about $2800 to Chicago; about $4800 New York City.

Vidalia Onion Shipments

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black has set April 27 as the official shipping start date for Vidalia onions, although growers can ship before April 27 if their onions meet federal inspection requirements and are under “positive lot identification” as approved by the Federal State Inspection Service.  This means Vidalias shipped before 4/27 cannot be sold as Vidalias.

Bland Farms, Glennville, Ga., has challenged the 4/27 start date in court and a judge in Atlanta ruled in favor of Bland Farms.  However, the state has appealed the ruling.

A panel of three judges of the Georgia Appeals Court heard arguments Jan. 14 and have taken the case under advisement.  They did not indicate when they may issue a decision.

Bland Farms, contends Black violated state law by trying to impose a new rule instead of going through the state’s legislature.  The growing/shipping operation has some of the southern most fields in the Vidalia onion growing districts and believes its onions mature earlier, and should be allowed to ship under the Vidalia name prior to 4/27.




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Central USA Produce Shipments from Texas to North Dakota

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From the South Texas-Mexican border to the Canadian border, here is a look at produce shipments originating out of the central United States.

Lower Rio Grand Valley Produce Shipments

There are steady Texas grapefruit shipments, amounting to around 200 truck loads weekly, with about one-fourth this volume in oranges.  Just south of San Antonio, cabbage shipments are increasing…..However, the biggest volume comes with Mexican produce shipments.  There is everything from such tropical as mangos, papayas, and pineapples to watermelon, peppers, roma tomatoes, broccoli and carrots.

A word of caution.  Although volume is very light with Mexican tomatillos and chayote, some quality problems are being reported.

Lower Rio Grand Valley/Mexican produce – grossing about $4800 to New York City.

Sweet Potato Shipments

Both Louisiana and Mississippi are shipping sweet potatoes, but volume is light.

Michigan Produce Shipments

Heaviest produce volume in Michigan remains with apples, primarily out of the Western area of the state, averaging about 175 truck loads per week…There are about 125 truck loads of potato loadings a week….Finally, there are still some storage onions left, but it is in a seasonal decline.

Michigan apples – grossing about $2400 to Atlanta.

Wisconsin Potato Shipments

Central Wisconsin is shipping over 300 truck loads of primarily russet potatoes weekly.

Wisconsin potatoes – grossing about $2200 to Houston.

Red River Valley Potato Shipments

Eastern North Dakota and Western Minnesota are shipping red potatoes in similar volume to that of Wisconsin.

Red River Valley potatoes – grossing about $1950 to Chicago.




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W. Mexican Vegetables Crossing U.S. Border in Steady Volume at Nogales

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DSCN5090Mexico produce shipments are crossing the U.S. border at Nogales, AZ in good volume – at least with several items.

The heaviest amount of product is with cucumbers, bell peppers, squash and tomatoes.  Cucumbers are averaging around 675 truck loads per week.  However, keep in mind most of these items are shipped as mixers, instead of straight loads of product.  In fact, a lot of trucks arrive at Nogales to fill out a load, after multiple picks up California and other parts of Arizona.

Tomatoes are biggest volume right now, averaging nearly 1,000 truck loads per week.  The biggest tonnage is with vine ripes and plum tomatoes, with much lesser amounts of grape and cherry tomatoes.

There also are decent crossings of Mexican bell peppers (600 truck loads weekly) and nearly as much volume with squash.  Much lighter crossings exist with Mexican watermelons, beans, eggplant and other types of peppers than bell peppers.

With the completion of the Mariposa Land Port of Entry at Nogales last year, arrivals of Mexican vegetables has been more predictable.  Because of the finish of the eight-year-long construction project, fewer delays are being experienced by produce haulers picking up product one of the dozens of warehouses in Nogales.

The upgraded port of entry was designed to increase traffic flow at the border because of better facilities, new Customs and Border Protection and inspection procedures.  The port now is able to inspect about 4000 trucks per day through eight primary commercial booths and 56 secondary commercial inspection bays.

Nogales produce shipments – grossing about $1300 to L.A.; $5600 to New York City.

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South Texas Produce Shipments Continue to Increase

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DSCN5108One of the most active produce shipping areas in the United States is the Lower Rio Grande Valley in South Texas.

Numerous vegetables and tropical fruits from Mexico are crossing the border at McAllen, Tx and this area is only going to see increasing volume in the years to come.  More warehouse space is being build to receive Mexican produce shipments and to act as consolidation and distribution centers.

Perhaps the largest volume item crossing the border – particularly this time of the year – are Mexican avocados, spurred in part by this Sunday’s Super Bowl.  It has become a huge snack for people watching this event.  This year over 285 million pounds of avocados will be imported to the United States; that’s over 7,125 truck loads!

Another leading item is actually coming out of South Texas.  Grapefruit shipments are averaging about 400 truckloads a week, while Texas oranges amount to about half this volume.  There are Texas cabbage loads coming out of the Winter Garden District near San Antonio.

Still, most of the produce volume is with Mexican produce shipments crossing the South Texas border.  Items range from broccoli to carrots, roma tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries and watermelons, among others.

South Texas produce shipments – grossing about $3200 to Chicago; $2800 to Atlanta.


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A Look at Mexican and South Texas Produce Shipments

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DSCN4353Here is a glimpse of produce loading opportunities on Mexican produce shipments crossing the border into Texas, as well as domestic citrus shipments from the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

In 2013, about 170,000 truckloads of fruits and vegetables from Mexico came into the United through the ports of entry in South Texas, making it the leading state in the country for imports of fresh produce.

Approximately 40 to 45 percent of the fresh produce consumed in the United States is imported.

It has been estimated annually an additional 500,000 truckloads of goods (not just produce) will travel through Texas into the United States because of the ease of driving across Mexico through the mountains and into the Lone Star State.

There’s probably more Mexican avocados crossing the border into the Lower Rio Grand Valley of Texas now than any other produce item – averaging about 800 truck loads per week.  There is also much lighter volume with various tropical fruits.

In South Texas, shipments of domestic grapefruit is averaging about 200 truck loads weekly, with oranges amounting to about one-half this volume.

There also is light volume with Wintergarden District cabbage, which is located just south of San Antonio.

South Texas domestic citrus and Mexican tropical fruit – grossing about $2900 to Chicago and about $4500 to New York City.

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Mexican Produce Volume is Ramping Up Through Nogales

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DSCN4531So far West Mexican produce shipments, much of which will be destined for markets across the United States and Canada, has mostly avoided any serious problems from a couple of hurricanes.  Volume is expected to be lighter than normal for early season shipments, but should improve significantly as the season progresses.

Some commodities, including squash, watermelon, cucumbers, bell peppers and even a few tomatoes, already are crossing the border into in Nogales.  Volume should pick up significantly by mid-to late November. However, the biggest volume typically doesn’t hit until late December or early January.   Anytime now, there should be substantial volume of colored and green bell peppers from Sonora and Sinaloa, with the biggest increases being with greenhouse colored bell peppers.

The earliest season cucumbers from Caborca are just now starting to arrive and will continue until early December.  Cucumbers should start arriving from Culiacan the first or second week of November and continue until the end of May.

As we approach the winter months, Mexican watermelons are increasing.  Over 350 truck loads of watermelons weekly are passing through Nogales and volume is on the rise.

Nogales produce crossing from Mexico – grossing about $5700 to New York City.

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