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Seasonal perishable products weekly update

Cucumber movement out of South Georgia is expected to increase

This report provides trend analysis of the volume and prices of Seasonal Perishable commodities. Volume represents current week and prices represent open (spot) market sales by first handlers on product of generally good quality and condition unless otherwise stated and may include promotional allowances or other incentives. The charts provide graphic representation of the volume and prices of the major commodities this week based on seasonal volume.

America’s trucking industry is the lifeblood of the United States economy. In fact, nearly every good consumed in the U.S. is put on a truck at some point or another. In 2019, the trucking industry moved roughly 72.5% of all freight transported in the U.S., according to the American Trucking Association. It represents about 80.4% or 732.3 billion dollars in gross freight revenues that are generated mostly from primary shipments. The number of registered commercial trucks is around 37.9 million trucks, excluding government and farm equipment.

The trucking industry employs about 7.65 million people including drivers and trucking related jobs. Commercial trucks pay nearly 48.6 billion in taxes from fuel receipts and the use of federal and state highways. The fuel consumption is estimated around 37 billion gallons of diesel and 9 billion gallons of gasoline. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the total number of companies registered as motor carriers on file are 996,894, with 813,440 private carriers and 83,235 interstate carriers registered as others. Trucks play an important and vital role in moving the U.S. economy forward.

Peru imports of blueberries through Philadelphia and New York City area ports of entry are expected to decrease as few growers are finished for the season that is past its peak. Trading moderate with prices unchanged. Supplies heavy. Flats 12 1-pint cups with lids large 12.00-16.00, 6-ounce large mostly 10.00-12.00. Quality variable. Movement of blueberries through Arizona, California and Texas are expected about the same. Trading slow and prices slightly lower. Flats 12 6-ounce cups with lids large mostly 8.00. Quality variable. Peru imports of blueberries through Southern California ports of entry movement expected to decrease as few growers are finished for the season that is past its peak. Trading moderate with prices unchanged. Flats 12 1-pint cups with lids large 13.00-16.00. Quality variable.

Movement of avocado crossings from Mexico through Texas is expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly slow with prices lower. Cartons 2-layer Hass 32s mostly 27.25-28.25 and 36-48s mostly 26.25-28.25. Extra services included. 

Movement of cucumbers from Mexico crossings through Texas is expected about the same. Trading early active, late moderate. Prices medium slightly lower, large lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly 26.95-28.95 and large mostly 24.95-26.95. Most present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments. Quality is variable. Movement of cucumbers in Central and South Florida are expected to increase seasonally. Trading moderate with prices lower.

Waxed 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly 28.35 and cartons 24s mostly 12.35. Hurricane Nicole is expected to make landfall early Thursday morning affecting almost the entire state of Florida with heavy rain and strong winds. Quality generally good. Cucumber movement from Mexico crossings through Nogales, Arizona is expected to increase seasonally. Trading early very active, late slow. Prices much lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium and large mostly 22.95-24.95 and cartons 36s mostly 14.95-16.95. Quality variable.

Cucumber movement out of South Georgia is expected to increase. Trading moderate with prices lower. Waxed 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates medium 28.35-30.85 and cartons 24s 12.35-12.85. Quality is generally good.

Movement of green bell peppers out of San Joaquin Valley California is expected to decrease sharply as most shippers are finished for the season. Supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. Lighter shipments are expected through November 19th. The last F.O.B. report has been issued. Quality is generally good. Movement of green bell peppers out of Coachella Valley California is expected to increase seasonally. Trading fairly active. Prices 1 1/9- bushel cartons green extra-large mostly 27.95-29.95 and large mostly 22.95-24.95. Quality generally good. Movement of green bell peppers out of South Georgia shipments are expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate with prices higher. 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates green jumbo 20.35-22.85, extra-large and large mostly 20.35-20.85. Quality generally good. Green bell peppers out of Central and South Florida movement have begun with very light shipments.


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Expect sufficient volume and number of shippers for first F.O.B. report within 3-5 days. Hurricane Nicole is expected to make landfall early Thursday morning affecting almost the entire state of Florida with heavy rain and strong winds. Quality is generally good. Movement of green bell peppers from Mexico crossings through Nogales, Arizona is expected to increase seasonally. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market. The first F.O.B. report is expected to be issued the week of November 20th. Quality generally good.

Tomato movement from Mexico crossings through Texas is expected to remain about the same. Trading active with prices slightly higher. Vine ripes cartons 2-layer 4x4-4x5s mostly 30.95-32.95 and 5x5s mostly 28.95-30.95. Quality generally good. Movement of tomatoes from Mexico crossing through Otay Mesa, California is expected to decrease sharply as some shippers are finished for the season.

Trading early very active, late fairly active. Prices slightly higher. Supplies are very light. Vine ripes cartons 2-layer 4x4-5x6s mostly 30.95. A last F.O.B. report is expected next week. Quality variable. Tomato movement out of Florida West District is expected to remain about the same. Trading very active. Prices generally unchanged. 25-pound cartons loose 5x6 size 34.00, 6x6 size 32.00-34.00, 6x7 size 24.00-26.00. Prices are expected to remain high. Growers are trying to pick as much as they can due to the approaching storm coming in on Thursday morning. Quality generally good. Tomato movement out of Central and South Florida is expected to increase seasonally. Trading very active. Prices 25-pound cartons loose 5x6-6x6 size 36.95 and 6x7 size 28.95-29.95. Growers are trying to pick as much as they can due to the approaching storm coming in on Thursday morning. Hurricane Nicole is expected to make landfall early Thursday morning affecting almost the entire state of Florida with heavy rain and strong winds. A first F.O.B. report has been issued. Quality generally good.

The following table provides a four-week price trend of the highest traded commodities this week.


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Source: USDA


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