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

Ongoing shortage of qualified truck drivers continues to affect trade

The ongoing shortage of qualified truck drivers continues to affect all aspects of life, often in ways consumers would never have anticipated. Temporary delivery issues and associated pump outages have been reported in the week ahead of the holidays in parts of Colorado, the Florida Keys, central Iowa, south central Ohio, Washington, and Oregon so far.

Peru asparagus movement is expected to remain about the same even as freight prices continue to increase, with both air freight and truck rates showing marked increases week over week. Shipments for 4th of July holiday promotions have largely finished and ports in South Florida are expected to be closed on Monday the 5th. Prices were steady to slightly higher on the spot market, with trading active on very light supplies of large sizes and moderate on others.

Asparagus crossings from Mexico are expected to remain about the same, with supplies light and demand good. Prices represent
very few spot market sales as most product is covering contract sales. Movement of asparagus from Michigan is expected to decrease seasonally. The remaining supplies are in too few hands to establish a market.

Movement of avocados from Mexico crossing through Texas is  expected to decrease slightly after recent storms temporarily disrupted the harvest. Supplies of 84 remain very light with very good demand, with moderate demand on other sizes, and higher prices on conventional for all sizes except 60s. Peru imports arriving through the ports of Miami, Philadelphia, and New York movement is expected to remain about the same, with trading moderate. Prices on 40s-48s
and 84s were slightly lower with others generally unchanged.

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