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Market Scope - Oranges — F.o.b.s as of Sept. 15
SOUTH AND CENTRAL DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments moderate — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 7/10-bushel cartons valencia shippers first grade 48s mostly $14.80-16.90, 56s mostly $15.80-16.90, 72s $15.80-18.90, 88s mostly $17.80-18.90, 113s mostly $18.80-19.90, 138s mostly $19.80-20.90; shippers choice 48s $13.80- $14.90, 56s mostly $13.80-14.90, 72s $13.80-15.90, 88s mostly $16.80-17.90, 113s $17.80-18.40, 138s $17.80-18.90.
CHILE — Imports (134-62-68) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to increase. Port of entry: Los Angeles. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 15-kilogram containers navel 36-48s $18-20, 64s $18, 72s $16, 88s $15-16. Quality good. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices slightly lower. 15-kilogram containers navel 40-48s $18-19, 56s 18.0-20, 64s $18, 72s $16, 88s $15-16. Quality good.
SOUTH AFRICA — Imports (88-172-8) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same as Sept. 1-14. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 15-kilogram containers navel 40-64s $18-20, 72s $16- $18, 88s $14-16; cara cara 36-40s $26-28, 48s $24-26, 56s $22-24, 64s $20-22, 72s $18-20, 88s $16-18. Quality good.
AUSTRALIA — Imports (10*-4*-5) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: Los Angeles. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. 16-kilogram cartons navel 36-56s $28-30, 72s $26-28, 88s $24-26. Quality good. *revised.
URUGUAY — Imports (0*-7*-**) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices slightly lower. 15-kilogram containers navel 40-56s $18-20, 64s $18, 72s $16, 88s $14-16. Quality good. *revised, **unavailable.
PERU — Imports (1-1-**) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Sufficient volume and number of importers to establish a market were expected by the week of Sept. 15. **unavailable.
LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Harvest by one shipper was expected to begin the week of Sept. 22, with shipping to begin the week of Sept. 29. Movement expected to remain light until the week of Oct. 6, when additional shippers are expected to begin. Quality expected to be generally good. FIRST REPORT.
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