Wednesday, February 29, 2012 by Lee Mannering
Given the amount of fresh produce trade between the U.S. and Mexico (more than 13 billion pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables cross the U.S.-Mexican border each year) I thought I’d share something I recently read from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service: an expanded capacity to track food being imported across this border.
USDA’s Market News recently expanded its collection of data at crossing points along the border in the state of Texas. Market News originally tracked all Mexico crossings through Texas as one single crossing, but after hearing requests from the produce industry and transportation firms, the branch changed its collection methods to track 10 unique crossing points all along the Texas border. The produce movement reports now show the produce coming in at Brownsville, Los Indios, Progreso, Rio Grande City, Roma, Pharr, Laredo, Presidio, El Paso, Del Rio, and Eagle Pass.
In a USDA blog post, Market News Directory Terry Long noted that “the expanded crossings report paints a more complete market picture, reflecting not only the quantity, but FOB pricing as well. Knowing these factors for several different crossing points will help the U.S. produce industry as a whole make informed decisions about the pricing and marketing of their produce.”
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