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Market Scope - Oranges — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 14
SOUTH AND CENTRAL DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments moderate — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices choice 72-88s slightly higher, others 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 $18.80-20.90, 138s mostly $19.80-21.90; shippers choice 48s $13.80-14.90, 56s mostly $13.80-14.90, 72s mostly $14.80-15.90, 88s mostly $16.80-18.40, 113s mostly $17.80-18.90, 138s mostly $17.80-19.90.
CHILE — Imports (64-28-40) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to decrease. Port of entry: Los Angeles. Trading moderate. Prices 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 generally unchanged. 15-kilogram containers navel 40-48s $20-22, 56s $20-22, 64s $20, 72s $18, 88s $18. Quality good.
FLORIDA — Shipments (7-12-20, includes export 0-0-0) — Prices not reported.
LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Shipments (0-10-17) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading fairly slow. Unofficial prices 7/10-bushel cartons early varieties (mostly marr) U.S. combination 88-138s $16.95-18.35; Texas choice 88-138s $15.95-17.10. The first f.o.b. report is expected to be issued the week of Oct. 20 when all shippers expect to be underway. Prices from trade sources. Quality generally good.
SOUTH AFRICA — Imports (3-81-10) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 15-kilogram containers navel 40-64s $18-20, 72s $16-18, 88s $14-16. Quality good.
AUSTRALIA — Imports (1-1-1) — 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.
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