Persistent shortage of qualified truck drivers continues to affect trade
The continuing shortage of qualified truck drivers continues to affect all aspects of life, often in ways consumers never imagined. So far, temporary delivery issues and associated pump failures have been reported in the week leading up to the holidays in parts of Colorado, the Florida Keys, central Iowa, south central l ‘Ohio, Washington and Oregon.
The movement of asparagus from Peru is expected to remain roughly the same, even as freight prices continue to rise, with air freight and truck rates posting sharp week-over-week increases. Shipments for the July 4 holiday promotions are largely over, and ports in South Florida are expected to be closed on Monday, July 5. Prices remained stable to slightly higher in the spot market, with active trading in very light large-caliber supplies and moderate in others.
Asparagus crossings from Mexico are expected to remain about the same, with low supplies and good demand. The prices represent
very few sales in the spot market, as most products cover contract sales. Michigan asparagus movements are expected to decline seasonally. The remaining supplies are in too few hands to establish a market.
The movement of avocados from Mexico through Texas is expected to decline slightly after recent storms temporarily disrupted the harvest. The supply of 84 remains very light with very good demand, with moderate demand on other sizes, and higher prices on conventional for all sizes except 60. Imports from Peru arriving through the ports of Miami, Philadelphia and New York are expected to stay roughly the same, with moderate trade. Tariffs 40-48
and 84s were slightly lower with others generally unchanged.