The U.S. and Mexico are moving forward with a rulemaking process allowing the U.S. to export fresh potatoes to all of Mexico. This follows a ruling in favor of the U.S. from Mexico’s Supreme Court seven months ago. National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles said the U.S. potato industry’s been working behind the scenes to see the regulatory process start. “There’s been a public posting of what’s called a requirement sheet, the broad foundation of how exports will take place. That’s accompanied by an operational work plan, the nuts and bolts of how potato shipments will be inspected and how they’ll be inspected. We’re hoping in a few short months we may have established access to this export market.” Opening this market could expand potato exports by 50 percent each year. In a statement, the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association said expansion of this market will directly and indirectly help potato growers in the Northern Plains.
Subscribe to RRFN
Get a weekly digest from RRFN to stay up-to-date on all the latest news in agriculture.