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RAIL STRIKE CAUSES TRUCK PRICES TO SOAR FOR FRUIT AND VEGETABLE SHIPMENTS

               RAIL STRIKE CAUSES TRUCK PRICES TO SOAR
                  FOR FRUIT AND VEGETABLE SHIPMENTS
    IRVINE, Calif., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The cost of shipping fresh fruit and vegetables by truck jumped today because of the nationwide rail strike, according to the Western Growers Association.
    Shippers of fresh produce in California's San Joaquin Valley today reported increases in truck prices of up to 30 percent more than quotes received earlier in the week.
    "There is no question the rail strike is the cause of this rise in truck rates," said David Moore, president of Western Growers Association, an organization that represents growers and shippers of fresh produce in California and Arizona.
    "Truck rates and availability have been a problem all year, and now with this strike, the situation has become critical," Moore said.
    With rail service no longer available to those that traditionally rely on that mode of transportation, shippers are looking to trucks to carry their commodities to markets across the country.  That has put additional pressure on an already tight truck transportation situation, he said.
    The industry is looking to Washington, D.C., for relief.
    "Congress must act immediately to get the rails moving again. Fresh fruit and vegetables are highly vulnerable to transportation delays.  We've got millions of dollars of perishable product in the pipeline that must move now," Moore said.
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    /CONTACT:  Mike Stuart or Barbara Buck of the Western Growers Association, 714-863-1000/ CO:  Western Growers Association ST:  California IN:  TRN FOD SU: EH-JL -- LA016 -- 3902 06/25/92 15:29 EDT
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