Hauling Produce out of Nogales

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  1. SlsQ23

    SlsQ23 Bobtail Member

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    Looking for anyone's advice who is experienced in hauling produce out of Nogales, we are based in Arizona but have not ventured into reefer yet, only freight and equipment hauling. Interested in pros and cons.
     
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  3. mitrucker

    mitrucker Road Train Member

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    Nogales, no thanks!!!!
     
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  4. SlsQ23

    SlsQ23 Bobtail Member

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    Well logistically, Nogales is close to Phoenix. A lot of freight moves in and out. While waiting for rates to move up for local we are in search of some filler dedicated lanes.
     
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    Capacity Heavy Load Member

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    We hauled many a load of tomatoes out of Nogales to Minneapolis , call wholesale produce up there they always had a load.
    Its mostly all crossdock freight off the mexican truck onto your wagon.
     
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  6. Team818

    Team818 Medium Load Member

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    How much pot and fentanyl is cross docked? Thats the question.
     
  7. SlsQ23

    SlsQ23 Bobtail Member

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    Thank you appreciate the info.
     
  8. Aamcotrans

    Aamcotrans Heavy Load Member

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    I went there once, 17 hours later I was loaded..
     
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  9. jbatmick

    jbatmick Road Train Member

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    If you are not familiar with the produce business, find someone you trust who can guide you and answer questions.. Lucrative business at times, but many pitfalls and crooks. find you a 'BLUE BOOK " for starters, it shows current business contacts and their credit ratings.
     
  10. Buckeyes614

    Buckeyes614 Light Load Member

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    Big tip that will save u when hauling produce:

    1: never ever sign the bill with ur name, always put SLC ( shipper load count) and write down somewhere on the bill ( driver not allowed on dock) try to make it look like a 3 yr old wrote it so they don't say something,

    2. Remember you will inspect some boxes urself and pulp the produce, buy a temp gun and point it right on the product within a few inches away.

    3. Make sure u buy a digital thermometer from lowes or home depot and put it right next to the temptale they put in at the last pallet, 99% of the time the shipper won't seal u from Nogales they'll give u the seal and if they try to seal u tell them u have another pallet to pick up and you'll seal it their.

    4. Once you're loaded and headed out ur gonna get in the trailer and double check ur thermometer that it's reading the correct temp, sometimes ur gonna have to put it inside a case of a pallet or put it on the ground. Ur gonna check the temp of the thermometer at least 7+ times a day make sure the thermometer and temptale are next to each other

    5. Don't forget to seal up ur trailer when ur close to the receiver. Don't lose ur seal, put it somewhere safe like under ur bed.

    6. Always make sure the shipper never puts in too many pallets to the point where they put it all the way by the doors

    Try not to haul:
    Grapes
    Strawberries ( or any kind of berries)
    Arugula
    Spinach
    Broccoli

    BTW make sure u tell the broker that the shipper wouldn't allow u on the dock to inspect it and u basically put the liability on the broker if he says " go ahead don't worry "
     
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  11. SlsQ23

    SlsQ23 Bobtail Member

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    Thank you for the advice.
     
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