National Potato Council Welcomes Year-Round Access for U.S. Chipping Potatoes to Japan
“NPC and the entire U.S. potato industry appreciates the diligent work of USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) staff to secure this increased access,” said NPC Vice President of Trade Affairs Jared Balcom. “Year-round access for U.S. fresh chip-stock potatoes will deepen our relationship with our number one trading partner and support the continued growth of the U.S. potato industry.”
Japan is the U.S. potato industry’s largest export market with exports totaling over $350 million in the past year. In 2019, the U.S. exported 32,240 metric tons of fresh chipping potatoes, valued at more than $15 million, to Japan.
The announcement clarifies that the following states have been approved to ship fresh potatoes for processing to Japan: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.