With the holiday shopping season beginning earlier than ever before thanks to the rise in online sales, the supply chain remained stretched to the breaking point. Truck rates continue to climb as limited availability of both trucks and drivers, combined with rising fuel prices, are leading to increased costs for many produce commodities; especially for those targeting East Coast markets. Efforts to mitigate congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continue even as the number of ships awaiting unloading berths rises daily. Shipping companies will now be charged a fee for each day empty containers remain at the port, in hopes of reducing the unprecedented amount of containers being stored which limits the space for additional cargo to unload.
Mexican avocado crossings through Texas expected to remain about the same. Trading was moderate as Hurricane Rick reduced in strength to a tropical depression before arriving in growing areas, thereby reducing its impact. Heavy rains over the weekend curtailed harvests through the weekend and first part of the week. Demand was very light due to unstable market conditions, with prices on larger sizes higher and smaller sizes lower. Harvest will pause next week for a holiday in Mexico.
Peruvian imports of blueberries arriving through the Philadelphia and New York City areas via boat are expected to decrease as the season is past peak, though quality remains mostly good. Trading was moderate at lower prices. Peruvian imports arriving through Southern California movement via boat is expected to decrease as season is now past its peak. Trading was moderate at lower prices. Mexican blueberry crossings through Arizona, California, and Texas are expected to increase. Trading was very slow early on, at slightly lower prices.
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