Date: Mar 25, 2014
Mexico Expected to Grant Greater Access for U.S. Potatoes

According to a final rule published by its government, Mexico is considering granting U.S. potatoes greater market access.  Currently U.S. potatoes are limited to a market area within 16 miles of the border.  Despite limited-market access, Mexico has become a major importer of U.S. potatoes. 

Details on phytosanitary and other protocols remain to be worked out; however, it is reported that the final rule will require U.S. potatoes to be shipped in containers of no more than 20 pounds, and must be treated with a sprout inhibitor.  Shipments beyond the current 16-mile boundary will also be limited to market destination cities having a population of at least 100,000 people.  The agreement is scheduled for enactment 60 days following its March 19, 2014, publication in Mexico’s federal register.

WG Staff Contact

Ken Gilliland
Director, International Trade & Transportation

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