U.S. Chipping Potatoes Given Year-Round Access to Japan

Announcement deepens relationship with largest trading partner

Published online: Feb 19, 2020 Articles
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Source: National Potato Council

Yesterday, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (MAFF) informed the USDA that U.S. chipping potatoes will be allowed to enter year-round, starting Feb. 14, 2020. Previously, the import protocol for U.S. chipping potatoes states was from Feb. 1 to July 30 each year. The new language states that U.S. chipping potatoes can enter all year.

“The National Potato Council (NPC) and the entire U.S. potato industry appreciate the diligent work of USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) staff to secure this increased access,” says NPC vice president of trade affairs Jared Balcom. “Year-round access for U.S. fresh chip-stock potatoes will deepen our relationship with our No. 1 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.