The national average diesel fuel price has been falling steadily for nearly two months from peak prices experienced earlier in the year. With these lower costs, many truck rates are also going down, and some are back near levels not seen since late 2019. The truck and driver shortages that strained the supply chain over the past few years have also eased, with even the typically high-demand holiday shipping season seeing mostly adequate availability this year. With these positive signs, along with the easing of certain inflation markers, industry members and consumers alike can be hopeful for better times in the new year to come.
The movement of blueberries through Arizona, California, and Texas is expected to increase. Trading was moderate, with prices generally unchanged. Flats 12 6-ounce cups with large lids, mostly 12.00. Quality is reported as variable. Chile's imports of blueberries through both various east coast and west coast ports of entry movement is expected to increase as harvesting increases. Trading was very light for very light supplies. The first F.O.B. reports are expected within the week. Peru imports of blueberries through Philadelphia and New York City area ports of entry movement is expected to decrease as more growers finish for the season. Trading was fairly active, with prices unchanged. Flats 12 1-pint cups with large lids, mostly 22.00. Quality is reported as variable.
Avocados from Mexico crossings through Texas movement is expected to decrease slightly. Trading was moderate, with prices generally unchanged.