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Grape expectations — Suppliers talk varieties, packaging, season

The Mexican grape season has been ramping up and the number of available varieties keeps on growing, even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold in the U.S.

Banana shipment loaded with tons of marijuana

Officers with the Customs and Border Protection at the Pharr (Texas) International Bridge cargo facility recently found more than two tons of marijuana hidden in a shipment of bananas.

New inspections for Mexican tomatoes at border coming soon

The U.S. Department will start inspecting Mexican tomatoes entering the U.S. on April 4, as part of the suspension agreement with the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.

Record meth seizure found in tomato, pepper load

Arizona Customs and Border Protection officers made a record methamphetamine seizure when a commercial truckload of tomatoes and peppers attempted to cross into the U.S.

Ports of entry seeing more attempts to bring food into U.S.

The Customs and Border Protection is reminding members of the public traveling through ports of entry to be aware of what produce and other food is prohibited from crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

Canada’s approval sets USMCA closer to implementation

Canada’s House of Commons and Senate voted in favor of implementing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, one of the final hurdles before it becomes law.

Sonora Grape Summit postponed, but crop report offered online

The Sonora Spring Summit has been postponed because of coronavirus COVID-19, but the main focus of the program, an outlook of the Mexican grape crop, will be presented online as scheduled.

Mariposa Road project begins at Nogales port of entry

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas and its members are welcoming the start of work on the Mariposa Road project, the main road bringing fresh Mexican produce into Nogales, Ariz.

Sonny Perdue visits Florida Strawberry Fest, talks trade with growers

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited the Florida Strawberry Festival and hosted a roundtable with industry members, where concerns over fair trade were voiced.

Florida, Georgia hearings set for concerns on unfair trade with Mexico

The Office of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has scheduled hearings for growers to talk about concerns of unfair competition with Mexican products.