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

Mexican import volumes are behind normal levels

This season, unpredictable weather conditions have played a significant role in the growing regions of Mexico and some parts of California. Reports from the West Coast suggest that inclement weather is one of the biggest factors affecting commodities in California, such as lettuce, broccoli, and celery. Mexican asparagus and chayote are some of the crops that were affected by rain, cold weather, and in some instances, even freezing temperatures.

Mexican import volumes are behind normal levels. Cold and wet weather usually stunts the growth of fruits and vegetables, causing delays in harvesting. This creates product shortages and causes uncertainty in the marketplace. Growers and shippers are forecasting markets to remain volatile for the next few weeks. Production and volumes are expected to improve by mid-March when warmer weather arrives. One of the only constants in farming is that mother nature will throw curveballs each year in the form of weather.

The movement of blueberries through Arizona, California, and Texas is expected to increase. Trading early fairly active, late active. Prices slightly higher. Mexican blueberries are experiencing better demand as the South American deal continues to taper off. Many present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments. Quality is generally good.

Chile's imports of blueberries through various east coast ports of entry movement expected to decrease as some growers have finished for the season. Trading active for fairly light supplies.

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