U.S. Potatoes In Russia

The National Potato Council (NPC) and United States Potato Board (USPB) have announced that the U.S. potato industry can now begin exporting fresh potatoes to Russia. A market access agreement between the U.S. and Russia was signed last month. The signed agreement provides for market access from all U.S. states.

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This agreement is the first plant market access agreement ever to be signed between the U.S. and Russia. Work began on establishing a market access agreement for U.S. potatoes to Russia in 2006. The U.S. potato industry worked through its Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Initiative, jointly funded by the USPB, NPC, and state potato organizations.

The final step in the process was a visit by Russian officials to the U.S. The officials went to Oregon where they met with state and national officials and toured potato production and packing facilities. The Oregon Potato Commission, Washington State Potato Commission, and Idaho Potato Commission helped to organize the visit and hosted this delegation.

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Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

The question for American potato growers should be why to export potatoes to Russia rather than how. Russia needs to beome more self-sufficient when it comes to vegetables such as potatoes which are so heavy and relatively perishable, and which are adaptable to many Russian soils and climates. Why become dependent on business which could be cut off at any time by government edict?

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Potatoes are hardly as perishable as other vegetables shipped via rail or boat. weight isn’t an issue, since most exporting containers hold approx. 55,000 lbs. The bigger question to me is how is payment guaranteed and what states can they ship from? Washington, Oregon and Idaho aren’t the only growing areas in the US, but they usually overplant and drop their pricing to a lose-lose level.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

The question for American potato growers should be why to export potatoes to Russia rather than how. Russia needs to beome more self-sufficient when it comes to vegetables such as potatoes which are so heavy and relatively perishable, and which are adaptable to many Russian soils and climates. Why become dependent on business which could be cut off at any time by government edict?

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Potatoes are hardly as perishable as other vegetables shipped via rail or boat. weight isn’t an issue, since most exporting containers hold approx. 55,000 lbs. The bigger question to me is how is payment guaranteed and what states can they ship from? Washington, Oregon and Idaho aren’t the only growing areas in the US, but they usually overplant and drop their pricing to a lose-lose level.