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

Common issue across the US is still the slow re-opening of restaurants and food service activities

This report provides trend analysis of the volume and prices of Seasonal Perishable commodities. Volume represents current week and prices represent open (spot) market sales by first handlers on product of generally good quality and condition unless otherwise stated and may include promotional allowances or other incentives. The charts provide graphic representation of the volume and prices of the major commodities this week based on seasonal volume.

The common issues across the country remain the impact of the slow re-opening of restaurants and food service activities, the tight labor situation across multiple sectors, and the shortage of trucks and drivers. There remain issues for product by ocean, with delays in harbors at both ends of the supply chain. Sales on the wholesale markets to food service buyers are reported up, but still well below pandemic levels. The higher costs of trucking are directly impacting prices at shipping point and wholesale. With the decline in movement of ornamentals for Mother’s Day, some relief in supplies is expected. Sales at retail remain strong across the country.

Movement of asparagus from Mexico crossing through Calexico, California and San Luis, Arizona is expected to decrease as most shippers from the Caborca region have finished for the season. Some shipments are being booked at previously committed prices. Movement of Peru asparagus is expected to increase this week and remain the same for next week.

Trading was moderate with light supplies and higher prices. Truck shortages are hampering movement. Asparagus from Walla Walla District and Lower Yakima Valley Washington is expected to increase. Trading was slow early in the week and moderate late in the week. Movement from Central District California is expected to remain the same as supplies remain light. Most shipments are being booked at previously committed prices.

Movement of avocados from Mexico Crossing through Texas is expected to decrease with slow trading on larger sizes and moderate on others. Movement from the South District California is expected to increase. Lower prices are reported in response to increasing volumes, with moderate trading.

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