China Allows U.S. Fresh Chipping Potato Imports for First Time

In a major shift, the Chinese government is allowing a new potato product to enter from the U.S. “As of the date of this announcement, fresh processed U.S. products that meet the relevant requirements are allowed,” the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China announced.

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USDA says U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement “entered into force on Feb. 14, 2020.”

This is the first time China has opened its market to U.S. fresh chipping potatoes, the National Potato Council (NPC) says.

This announcement is part of a wider move in U.S./Chinese agricultural trade, Secretary of Ag Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced. This includes seafood, poultry, and agriculture-derived products like pet food and feed additives.

“Specifically for the U.S. potato industry, the actions include signing a historic protocol that allows the importation of U.S. fresh chipping potatoes from the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho,” the NPC press release announces.

China is currently a Top 10 export market for U.S. potatoes, primarily in processed products, NPC adds. Between competitive tariffs and enhanced market access, China could be a Top five market in the near future.

“Today’s announcement is 20 years in the making,” says NPC VP of Trade Affairs Jared Balcom. “And [it] will allow Chinese consumers for the first time to enjoy potato chips sourced from high-quality U.S. fresh potatoes. We look forward to developing and expanding this vital market.”

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