US potato exports reach record levels in 2016

For calendar year 2016 total U.S. potato exports were up 4% to $1,726,920,330 – the highest ever value.  The volume of exports also reached a record level of 1,679,236 metric tons up 8% over 2015.  On a fresh weight equivalent basis the volume was up just 1%.  This is due to the fact that dehy exports were down 20% which had a big impact when converted back to the fresh weight equivalent. Frozen exports were up 8% while fresh was up 20% with chips up 3%.  When looking at combined exports of all products Canada was the number one market for the U.S. with growth of 19%.  Japan was number two up 14% while Mexico was still third despite a 5% decline. Attached are the calendar year U.S. potato exports in spreadsheet form and with analysis as a PDF.  For further information on export figures and international markets please go to the Global Database located on the Potatoes USA grower website.