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Untitled designAttention all Shippers! Produce is taking over the industry and peak shipping season is in full swing!

Produce season is an exciting time of year for our industry. Fresh goods are ready to ship to grocers and vendors, and our job is to get them there. Truckloads are in high demand across the continent, and securing a truck can be costly as producers are willing to pay top dollar to have their harvest moved quickly, and in good condition.

The produce shipping season can change from year to year depending on the varying volumes of harvest produced at certain months of the year, but it generally kicks off in April and wraps up in July. Weather and climate conditions are the driving force behind the successes and failures of a farmer’s crops. From year to year agricultural conditions change, and it can be hard for producers to adapt with these changes that have such an impact on the results and quality of their crops. Global warming is causing areas near the equator to dry out, while other areas are experiencing wetter and colder conditions than usual, and as a result produce is affected.

Here are just a few examples of how these conditions impacted this year’s harvest (Haul Produce):

  • Georgia blueberries and peaches were damaged by the March 15-17 freeze in North Carolina and Southern Georgia, reducing blueberry shipments by as much as 75%, and peach shipments by 50%.
  • Vidalia sweet onion crops escaped freeze damage resulting in one of the best crops in years.
  • California strawberries are behind in shipments compared to two years ago due to lack of rain.
  • Never-ending rain hit Santa Maria region and most of California this winter causing quality problems for cauliflower and broccoli.
  • Texas sweet onions are having quality issues due to excessive rain.
  • Northwest cherries are off to a late start after experiencing the coldest winter in nearly a quarter of a century.

How Grand Porter can help this season?

As a non-asset based shipping company we have established reliable relationships with our preferred carriers over the years, and with access to thousands of trucks we are confident that we can find the right one for any job. Many carriers refuse other commodities through these months, and strictly service produce for financial gains. We suggest using 3PL companies like Grand Porter if you’re having difficulties finding availability.

Keep in mind the cheapest option isn’t always the best option, with costly repercussions resulting from second rate reliability, accuracy, quality and communication that could damage relationships between you and your customer. You’re better off establishing strong relationships with carriers or 3PL’s that will help reduce costs over time, and not just on a single load.

We’ve got you covered no matter what you ship this produce season. Even those hard to find refrigerated trucks!

>> Grand Porter Logistics is a third-party logistics (3PL) company with expertise and resources to successfully coordinate a wide range of freight shipments. Contact us today for a quote.

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About Celeste Martin

Celeste Martin is a Marketing professional who applies her expertise in the world of logistics and transportation. She enjoys writing and covering topics that are current and trending within the industry. In addition to her role with Grand Porter, Celeste continues to perfect her skills as a photographer.

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