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Fresh potatoes to be exported by US

United States and Indonesia sign market access agreement

On June 5, 2018, the United States and Indonesia signed a market access agreement that will allow US fresh potatoes to be exported to Indonesia under a defined set of phytosanitary requirements. The agreement comes after four years of talks and will include both US potatoes for processing and table potatoes for direct consumption. Potatoes from all US states are included in the agreement.

US potato growers and exporters will need to follow the requirements in the protocol to ensure Indonesia's quarantine security. 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 US potatoes. Full details on the protocol will be circulated to fresh growers and shippers.

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

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