Excepting winter weather that closed some roads and hindered trucks in some regions, ample equipment led to adequate to surplus transportation for U.S. produce shippers in late February.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s truck rate report for the week ending Feb. 19 reported a slight shortage of trucks was reported for sweet potatoes from eastern North Carolina.
However, the report said a slight surplus of trucks was reported for Mexico crossings through Nogales Ariz., the Kern District in California, the Oxnard District in California, Southern California and central and south Florida. A surplus of trucks was in the lower Rio Grande Valley Texas; all other districts reported an adequate supply of trucks.
Truck rates in some districts were well below year-ago levels, according to the USDA. Truck rates to New York from Oxnard California were $6,500 on Feb. 20, down from $7,000 the same time last year.
Rates from Oxnard to Atlanta were $5,100, down from $5,600 at the same time a year ago.
The U.S. average price for diesel fuel was $3.03 per gallon, nearly unchanged from $3 per gallon a year ago.