UPDATE: IMPORTED CITRUS

August 8, 2022

Volume will rise the next three to four weeks as imported navel oranges and lemons arrive at ports on both coasts. Limited quantities of Mexican lemons will begin to ship out of South Texas by mid-August.

Imported Oranges

  • Chilean fruit is being shipped into the West Coast while South African supplies are available on the East Coast
  • 113-count and larger pack sizes dominate availability
  • Import palletization:
  • 80 cases per pallet
  • Box weight is 33 pounds
  • Import count will be consistent (113-count cases will contain 113 pieces of fruit)
  • Domestic Valencia palletization
    • 54 cases per pallet
    • Box weight is 40 pounds
  • Domestic count will be consistent (113-count cases will contain 113 pieces of fruit)
  • Initial imported orange quotes are $2.00-$3.00 higher (FOB west coast port) than remaining California supplies
    • This spread will close quickly as California supplies wind down
  • Quality is good

Imported Lemons

  • Supplies are arriving from Argentina (East Coast), Chile (East and West Coasts)
  • Size is dominated by 140-count and larger fruit; smaller sizes (200- to 235-count lemons) are tight
  • Import Palletization:
  • 72 cases per pallet
  • Box weight is 40 pounds (comparable quantity to domestic cartons)
  • Import count will be consistent (140-count box will contain 140 pieces of fruit)
  • Import lemon pricing is expected to follow Arizona and California markets
  • Quality is very good
  • Mexican lemons will cross into South Texas in a limited manner by mid-August

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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