Moses Lake, WA 98837, USA

First quarter of the 2019-2020 potato crop year saw export increases

Staff Writer

MOSES LAKE — The July 2019 to September 2019 quarter of the 2019-2020 potato crop year saw increases in US potato exports, according to numbers released by Potatoes USA, based out of Denver, in November. The reports focuses exports on targeted and non-target markets around the world for fresh, frozen and dehydrated potatoes.

For July 18 through Sept. 18, 2019, overall exports of fresh potatoes from the United States were 166,100 metric tons. That number is up from the same time period in 2018 when 141,762 metric tons were exported. Overall, exports increased 17.17 percent.

Exports to countries targeted in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Asia decreased by 2.46 percent, while non-targeted exports increased 33.83 percent. The European Union and Sub-Saharan Africa saw the biggest increases. The European Union received 40 metric tons of fresh potatoes and Sub-Saharan Africa received two metric tons. For the same months last year, they received none.

Exports dollars from July through September 2019 totaled $77,689,365. That number is up 13.22 percent from the same time period in 2018.

Frozen potato exports were also up. There was a 9.19 percent increase from 2018 to 2019. Target exports were up 7.51 percent. Non-targeted exports were up 15.12 percent, in spite of some decreases in exports to South America, the European Union, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian sub-continent. Overall, 261,725 metric tons of frozen potatoes were exported between July and September 2019, totaling $305,045,624.

Dehydrated potato export went up 18.35 percent. July to September 2018 had 30,515 metric tons exported, where as the same months in 2019 had 36,114 metric tons exported. Target countries saw a 16.82 percent increase and non-targeted countries had a 19.45 percent increase.

Non-targeted countries in Central America and the Caribbean decreased from 323 metric tons in 2018 to 193 metric tons in 2019. The Indian subcontinent dropped from one metric ton in exports in 2018 to no exports in 2019. However, exports to the former Soviet Union increased by 207.69 percent. The Middle Eastern and North African exports increased by 225.81 percent. Sub-Saharan Africa received a 382.35 percent increase in exports.

Overall dehydrated potato export dollars increased by 22.16 percent to $59,301,492.