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While truck availability was considered adequate for most areas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s truck rate report showed moderately higher rates on June 18 for most produce shipping districts.

The USDA reported a shortage of trucks in Florida and a slight shortage in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Rates fell for Mexican produce shipments crossing through Nogales, Ariz., the USDA reported, with June 18 rates declining 10% to Atlanta and Dallas and dropping 13% to Miami.

California’s shipping regions of Salinas, Oxnard, and the Kern District showed truck rates on June 18 that were mostly between 3% and 6% higher compared with the previous week. Truck rates in South Carolina spiked between 11% and 41% compared with the previous week, depending on destination.