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A Look at Produce Loads Available from U.S. Ports to Florida and Nogales

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048This can be one of the more frustrating times of the year for produce haulers.  Even though spring officially arrives tomorrow, good volume for spring produce shipments are still weeks away.  Here’s a look at loading opportunties around the country.

Imported Chilean green grape arrivals by boat at U.S. ports will decline in the next week or two as South American green grape volume is estimated  to be 25 percent lower than last year by season’s end.   On the positive side, the Chilean red crimson grapes are now entering peak arrivals at U.S. ports for the rest of March and early April.  Overall, as of early March, Chilean grape exports were 22 percent lower than last year at the same time.

Arrivals of Chilean asian pears to U.S. ports are expected to be off 60 percent this season.  The lower volume will continue to arrive through May.

Florida Produce Shipments

In Florida, strawberry shipments from the Plant City area are averaging about 500 truckloads per week.  Out of Central and Southern Florida, the state is averaging about 750 truckloads weekly of mature green and roma tomatoes.  South Florida also is shipping moderate amounts of items ranging from celery to potatoes.

South Florida produce – grossing about $3000 to New York

Nogales Produce Shipments

Mexican produce shipments through Nogales, AZ continues for items ranging from tomatoes to cucumbers, peppers and watermelons.    Overall Mexican volume through Nogales should start declining as we enter April.

Mexican produce crossing through Nogales – grossing about $3600 to Chicago.



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Mexican Produce Loading Opportunities at U.S. Border Crossings

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TkforHP4Here’s a look at produce loads that may be available for Mexician produce at border crossing locations in California, Arizona and Texas.

Mexican Produce Shipments

In large part because of yesterday’s Super Bowl, more avocados were shipped in the U.S. the week of Jan. 19 than in any other week on record.  Nearly 48 million pounds of avocados — almost 44 million of them from Mexico — were shipped during the week.  A big marketing campaign on avocados for a number of years now, geared toward the Super Bowl, has significantly increased shipments – and consumer consumption of guacumole at parties surrounding the big game.

Footnote:  The Seahawks plummeted the Broncos 43 to 8.

California Produce Shipments

Mexico is sending a lot of produce across the border into the U.S. this time of the year, such as Baja California pennisula tomatoes crossing into the state of California.

Texas Produce Shipments

Most of the avocados mentioned in the opening paragraph are coming into the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.  South Texas also is receiving a lot of tropicals from Mexico, as well as vegetable items.

South Texas produce – grossing about $4600 to New York City.

Nogales Produce Shipments

Nogales, AZ continues to be a big importer.  Currently about  900 truck loads of  vine ripe and plum tomatoes are crossing the border weekly.  There’s also melons, cucumbers, squash, eggplant and other veggies being imported.

Nogales mixed vegetables – grossing about $3500 to Chicago.

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