Mexican truck inspections are bad news for berry, avocado, tomato and lime prices

On Monday Mexican truckers, protesting strict inspections ordered by Texas governor Greg Abbott, began blocking the United States’ most important entry point for berries, avocados, bell peppers, cabbage, and carrots and second-most-important for tomatoes and peppers.

At a time of rampant inflation, the slowdowns and the blockade do not help. While fuel and some other categories were larger contributors to the inflation rate, fruits and vegetables are rising at the same 8.5%.

The Texas governor, in apparent response to an expected decision by President Biden to unravel a policy directive of former President Donald Trump to refuse asylum requests of those crossing the U.S.-Mexico border during the pandemic, has ordered state troopers to inspect all commercial trucks entering the state, overlapping with more intermittent federal inspections.


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