Seasonal changes have led to a shift in the commodities of interest for this report. Asparagus has replaced blueberries, as the number of growing areas for shipping asparagus continues to grow while demand for blueberries is traditionally light in the fall. This list will be revisited regularly to maintain an accurate representation of the current trade situation affecting shippers of perishable commodities in North America.
Mexico crossings of asparagus through Arizona, California, and Texas movement is expected to remain about the same. Trading was slow at lower prices. 11-pound carton/crates bunched green large, mostly 20.75, standard mostly 18.75. A wide range in quality is reported. Asparagus from Peru imports through South Florida ports of entry movement is expected to remain about the same. Trading on jumbo, large, and small moderate, and others slow. Prices on jumbo, extra-large, and standard are lower, others slightly lower. 11-lb cartons bunched green jumbo mostly 30.75-32.75, extra large mostly 29.75-32.75, large mostly 28.75-30.75, standard mostly 24.75-26.75, small mostly 16.75-17.75. Supplies are fairly light, with most arrivals by boat, but the share of air shipments is increasing. Downward price pressure from competing growing areas is expected to continue, with a shorter season than usual also expected due to the effects of El Niño.
The movement of avocado crossings from Mexico through Texas is expected to remain about the same. Trading was fairly slow early and moderate later. Prices 40s and organic 60s lower, others higher. Cartons 2-layer Hass 40s mostly 63.25-64.25, 48s mostly 44.25-45.25, 60s mostly 33.25-34.25, 70s 23.25-24.25 and 84s mostly 17.25-18.25. Extra services included. After light shipments over a holiday weekend in Mexico, the beginning of the week saw extreme civil unrest in protest against police corruption. Road blockades prevented the movement of both shipments and workers. The issues were resolved by midweek and normal volume of harvest was able to resume.