U.S. Potato Imports Up

Published online: May 10, 2018 Articles
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For the marketing year to date (July 2017 to March 2018), U.S. imports of potatoes and potato products are up 5 percent by volume and 10 percent in value. This growth is due to increased dehy, frozen and chip imports while fresh and seed imports have declined.

Imports of frozen potato products are up 10 percent, with the vast majority of them coming from Canada. However, there are increases in imports of non-fried products from the EU. Dehy imports have grown 16 percent for the marketing year, due in large part to a significant increase in imports of potato flour, meal and powder from India. The more conventional imports of flakes and granules are also up mainly due to increases from Germany and the Netherlands. Fresh imports have declined 7 percent to date, with all of these imports coming from Canada. The majority of these declines are in russet varieties, particularly those arriving in bulk for processing in the U.S. red skin varieties have also seen a decline.

For further details, see the attached reports  below. These figures are compiled by Trade Stats Northwest. 

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