U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement Seasonal Perishable Products Weekly Update

'Avocados from Mexico crossing through Texas expected to increase slightly'

Seasonal changes have led to a shift in the commodities of interest for this report. Asparagus, tomatoes, and bell peppers of both domestic and imported origins remain widely available and reported, while cucumbers and avocados have replaced strawberries and blueberries as the Florida and Peru growing seasons, respectively, have tapered off. This list will be revisited regularly in order to maintain an accurate representation of the current trade situation affecting shippers of perishable commodities in North America.

Avocados from Mexico crossing through Texas movement is expected to increase slightly. Trading moderate on smaller sizes as shippers report less demand for Cinco de Mayo compared to past years. Lower prices on large sized fruit with shorter shelf life reported with fairly light demand. Movement of avocados from the South District of California is expected to continue to increase seasonally. Lower prices are reported in response to increasing volumes, with moderate trading.

Movement of Mexican asparagus crossing thorough Calexico, California and San Luis, Arizona is again expected to decrease seasonally. Trading early was moderate increasing to fairly active later. Lighter volumes and cooler temperatures in the growing region have helped boost demand and raise prices, which are expected to trend higher through the week. Some shipments are still being booked at previously committed prices and there is a wide range in quality. Movement of Peruvian asparagus is expected to increase, but availability is heavily affected by both high air freights and truck rates.

Trading was active, with more shippers expected to begin in the coming few weeks. Movement out of the central district of California is expected to remain about the same. Trading was fairly active at slightly higher prices on light supplies. Most shipments are still being booked at previously committed prices, with optimum growing temperatures being reported, pointing to continued good harvest.

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Source: mymarketnews.ams.usda.gov

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