New highway simplifies Mexican vegetable deal logistics

09/16/2011 01:08:00 PM
Dan Gailbraith

Mike Aiton, marketing director for Prime Time International, Coachella, Calif., agreed.

“Anything that cuts down shipping time is a good idea,” he said.

“The same with the new facility at the (Nogales) border, which will process trucks faster and get them into the country quicker.”

Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Nogales-based Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, said improved roads give shippers in west Mexico more options.

More direct routes will accelerate the trend for Mexico greenhouse growers to look east for sales, said Jaime Garza, owner of Pharr, Texas-based Bebo Distributing Inc.

“We’re seeing more and more people from the West Coast look to come to this area, because it’s easier to come across the country than go to Nogales and go to the East Coast,” he said.

“We’re seeing more people shipping here to go east.”


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