Over the last two decades, international fruit and vegetable imports to the United States have increased substantially, specifically from the South. Border cities are reaping in the benefits this boom has brought to them, sporting more jobs and economic growth.
According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Mexico is the second largest supplier to the United States in agricultural products. In 2011, total imports in this sector totaled $15.8 billion. The leading category of fresh produce items reached $6.5 billion alone.
Geographically, fresh produce imports from Southern areas are distributed easily because they have the most direct route to the rest of the United StatesIt’s no wonder Mexico provides nearly 50% of all fruits and vegetables taken in by the United States. The need to transport highly perishable and seasonal produce quickly has played a critical role in global trade patterns.
Tropical and subtropical areas in South America produce so many of the fruits American’s enjoy most. Therefore, border cities, like Pharr, Texas, have had to develop more traffic lanes in their international bridges to accommodate a high volume of transport vehicles and build more cold storage areas immediately across the border for faster distribution methods. Pharr is one of the cities that have adapted to helping ease the 1,800 commercial vehicles that cross each day by passing laws for faster inspection times and better cold storage centers.
For questions regarding our state-of-the-art cold storage facilities and distribution methods, please contact Fred Sandoval from the Pharr produce district 956.402.4332.