How a border shutdown could impact produce

El Paso News

Wait times at the bridge from Juarez to El Paso have increased, and with President Trump’s threat to close the border, it’s not just El Pasoans who would see the impact.

Many people go back and forth from El Paso to Juarez every day, including drivers who pick up Mexican produce

Israel Jurado, the general manager at Jurado Family Farms, said wait times have not impacted produce much because their trucks move through the commerce line, which he said has not seen much of a difference with wait times.

However, he said if the border were to shut down, then it’s possible that everyone in the U.S. could end up seeing a difference as prices of produce will increase within days of a closure.

Jurado said most produce they sell comes from Mexico.

Customers include distributors who resell the fruits and vegetables to grocery stores and restaurants across West Texas.

“I guess a lot of people don’t know how much produce comes from Mexico…so that one you’ll feel right away in your wallet. It’s going to have a huge impact on the prices where we get the produce from right now,” said Jurado.

He said one of the fruits that will see the biggest impact is the avocado, as right now it is all coming from Mexico.

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