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U.S. and Indonesia sign market access agreement for U.S. fresh potatoes

On June 5, the United States and Indonesia reached a market access agreement that will allow U.S. fresh potatoes to be exported to Indonesia under a defined set of phytosanitary requirements.

The agreement comes after four years of discussions and will include both U.S. chipping potatoes for further processing and table-stock potatoes for direct consumption. Potatoes produced in all U.S. states are included in the agreement.

U.S. potato growers and exporters will need to follow the requirements in the protocol to ensure Indonesia’s quarantine security, according to a June 12 press release issued by Potatoes USA. This includes growing from certified seed potatoes, taking actions to address any potential pests of concern, and sprout inhibiting the potatoes prior to export. Importers in Indonesia will be required to obtain an import permit prior to export.

The agreement also identifies which ports of entry will be equipped to receive U.S. potatoes. Full details on the protocol will be circulated to fresh growers and shippers.

Indonesia is a market of 261 million people and is the largest market in Southeast Asia to which U.S. fresh potatoes had not previously secured formal market access. U.S. exports of potatoes and products to Indonesia were valued at $27 million in 2017.

“The Idaho potato industry congratulates the National Potato Council and Potatoes USA for opening up this huge market to U.S. fresh potatoes,” said Seth Pemsler, vice president of retail and international for the Idaho Potato Commission. “Southeast Asia has proven to be strong markets for U.S. and Idaho potatoes, and the opening of the largest market in Southeast Asia should expand that success.”