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.
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