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Imports of Peruvian blueberries through East Coast ports expected to increase

This week’s potential rail strike seems to have been averted or at least delayed after talks brokered by President Biden’s administration have led labor unions to reach tentative agreements with the railroads.

However, the situation remains a strong example of the importance of rail transportation as a vital part of the supply chain network. Roughly 40% of the nation’s long-distance trade moves via rail, and a shutdown of the system would trigger retail product shortages and widespread manufacturing problems. A railway work stoppage is estimated to cost up to $2 billion a day and would undoubtedly contribute to food costs, already high due to inflation, rising even further.

Peru imports of blueberries through various East Coast ports of entry are expected to increase. Trading is active though prices are currently unavailable to report. The movement of blueberries through Oregon and Washington is expected to continue to decrease seasonally. Trading moderate on varieties including Calypso, Last Call, Elliot, and Aurora. Prices are generally unchanged, with quality reported as generally good.

The movement of blueberries from British Columbia, Canada crossing through Northwest Washington is expected to decrease seasonally as more growers finish the harvest. Trading moderate at slightly higher prices for varieties including Calypso, Elliot, and Aurora. Peru imports of blueberries through various West Coast ports of entry are expected to increase.

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Source: mymarketnews.ams.usda.gov

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