Another input that continues to weigh on shippers and importers is fuel costs, Honigberg said.
“Fuel costs continue to go up,” she said.
In addition to tight airfreight and rising fuel costs, Honigberg said Chile’s robust economy also affects blueberry exports to the U.S.
“The exchange rate is strong,” she said. “It makes it more expensive to export.”
In early October it was still too soon to tell exactly what transportation costs would be during the Chilean season, but Nolan Quinn, berry category director for Vancouver, British Columbia-based The Oppenheimer Group, was optimistic heading into the deal, which for Oppenheimer was expected to begin in the first week of December.
“I don’t think there will be any significant difficulties,” he said.