U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

Asparagus, tomatoes and bell peppers of both domestic and imported origins remain widely available

Seasonal changes have led to a shift in the commodities of interest. Asparagus, tomatoes, and bell peppers of both domestic and imported origins remain widely available and reported. At the same time, cucumbers and avocados have replaced strawberries and blueberries as the Florida and Peru growing seasons, respectively, have tapered off. This list will be revisited regularly in order to maintain an accurate representation of the current trade situation affecting shippers of perishable commodities in North America.

The movement of Mexican asparagus crossings through Arizona, California, and Texas is expected to increase seasonally as growing areas have shifted and the first F.O.B. price report has been issued for the new growing areas of Obregon and Baja, California. Trading was active for light supplies, with most orders being booked at previously committed prices.

The movement of Peru asparagus through South Florida ports of entry is expected to increase slightly as more shippers increase imports this week and next week, but to remain very light through the beginning of next week, though volumes have now increased enough that the first F.O.B. price report was issued late last week. Trading was moderate to active as vessel delays throughout the week kept inventories tight ahead of Mother’s Day, with air freight facing competition from ornamentals. Quality is reported as variable but generally good. The first report has been issued for asparagus out of Walla Walla District and Lower Yakima Valley, Washington.

The movement of Mexican avocados crossings through Texas are expected to remain about the same. Trading was very active as the market continues to recover from the ups and downs of the past few weeks. Cinco de Mayo promotions have begun and are heavily focused on 60s and 70s. Inventory is slowly increasing, and prices are easing somewhat. The avocado movement from Southern California is expected to remain the same. Trading was very active though no price comparison to last week is available due to a lack of open market sales last week. Similar to Mexican fruit, prices remain high even though some sizes are easing gradually.

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Source: ams.usda.gov

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