Fresh Potato Exports Show Double-digit Growth

Published online: Mar 15, 2018 Articles Tom Karst
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Source: The Packer

Led by double-digit growth in Canada and Mexico, U.S. fresh potato exports soared 17 percent in value last year.

USDA statistics reveal 2017 U.S. fresh potato exports totaled $238.8 million, up 17 percent from a year ago.

Canada was the top-ranked export market for U.S. fresh potatoes, taking $101 million, up 15 percent from 2016.

Volume of U.S. fresh potatoes sold to Canada totaled 263,426 metric tons, up 9 percent.

Sales to Mexico were $41.8 million in 2017, up 14 percent from 2016. Volume of U.S. fresh potato exports to Mexico totaled 93,350 metric tons, up 2 percent from 2016.

Sales to other markets, with gains/loss compared with a year ago:

  • Taiwan, $22.2 million (19 percent)
  • Japan, $18.47 million (-5 percent)
  • Philippines, $11.9 million (80 percent)
  • South Korea, $8.9 million (160 percent)
  • Malaysia, $6.5 million (19 percent)