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US: Prime time for California produce rail shipments

“The three weeks leading up to 4th of July, are our busiest period of the year for our California trains,” says Lee Brown with Railex. Its prime time for California potatoes, onions, carrots, citrus, celery, broccoli, and stonefruit shipments from West to East. “Grapes from Coachella and cantaloupes from Brawley are also big commodities being shipped via Railex now prior to the Central Valley of California ramping up production at the end of the month.”



“Many California growers have a hard time finding trucks to ship their produce this time of the year.  Equipment is spread pretty thin and demand exceeds supply,” adds Brown.  Due to the high demand, we currently ship three trains per week out of California with Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday departures to the Northeast United States as well as two train departures per week from California to the Southeast US with Tuesday and Thursday departures.” “Train transit times from West to East are about five days, but including the loading and off-loading, the total journey takes about seven days.”  



For more information:
Lee Brown
Railex
Tel: (661) 370-4300

Publication date: 6/22/2015
Author: Marieke Hemmes
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


 


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