News May 2019

US potato export sales trending up, but trade wars limit potential

In a press release, Potatoes USA states that US potato exports of frozen, dehydrated and fresh products have all posted modest gains through the first three quarters of MY July 2018 – June 2019.

Potatoes USA says that these increases reflect the ever-increasing international demand for potatoes and potato products. The impact of the very small 2018 crop in the EU is further increasing demand for US products.

However, the organization warns that the ongoing trade wars and retaliatory tariffs have limited US exports, as has the strong US dollar. Strong domestic demand in the US has also constrained available supplies for export.

Fresh potato exports are not just for table-stock, but also include potatoes destined for processing into chips or fries. Declines in exports to Japan (-29%), the Philippines (-15%) and Taiwan (-26%) have tempered the gains.

Read the full report on FreshPlaza here