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US potato industry experts see mixed foreign trade outlook, increase of french fry imports from the EU

International trade experts within the potato industry are encouraged by a new trade agreement with China but have concerns about a rise in frozen fry imports from Europe. William Schaeffer reports for for Farm & Ranch.

Matt Lantz, vice president for global access at Bryant Christie, summarized international trends and trade issues during the recent National Potato Council summer meeting, hosted online.

The export market for U.S. potatoes continues to grow, and while the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a reduction of exports, there’s still promising news in the international markets for U.S. potato growers, he said.

Lantz outlined the successful trade agreement with China, which opens the Chinese market to chipping potatoes from the Pacific Northwest.

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