There’s potential to expand U.S. potato exports in Japan. The National Potato Council expressed appreciation of the progress in U.S. and Japan trade negotiations. “We feel positive the Japan situation, by the end of this year, will stabilize,” says NPC CEO Kam Quarles. “We are hopeful, ultimately, when the full details of the agreement come out, it will be clear U.S. potato exports are going to be put on a level footing with other foreign competitors.” Quarles says the trade experts from each country will need to sit down and actually put the pen to paper on the details. Japan is the U.S. potato industry’s largest export market, with exports at more than $350 million in the past year. The NPC says the market could provide another $150 million of growth in the future.
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