Philippine market opens to U.S. fresh

The Philippines has revised its import requirements to allow for entry of U.S. fresh table-stock potatoes. Prior to this revision, only U.S. fresh potatoes destined for processing into potato chips were allowed entry into the Philippines.

“NPC, the USPB and the U.S. potato growers we represent want to recognize and thank the dedicated staff at USDA-APHIS and FAS who worked so hard to gain access for U.S. table-stock potatoes to the Philippines,” said John Keeling, NPC executive vice president and CEO.

The Philippines became the fastest growing economy in Asia during the first quarter of 2013 with GDP growth at 7.8 percent.

U.S. exports of fresh chipping potatoes to the Philippines have grown steadily during the past five years and were 5,289 metric tons, valued at $2,843,016 in 2012.

Originally posted Monday, Jul. 15, 2013