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Mexico Publishes Final Rule To Allow Cross-Border Potato Trade

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The U.S. fresh potato trade with Mexico has been expanded, with shipments expected to begin by June.

NPC logo“The U.S. potato industry and our partners at USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) are pleased to learn the Mexican government has issued its final rule designed to achieve the bilateral goal of expanding trade in fresh potatoes between our two countries,” the National Potato Council (NPC) and the United States Potato Board (USPB) said in a joint statement. “Publishing the final rule is an important step in the parallel regulatory efforts taking place on both sides of the border. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has indicated it will publish its final rule in the Federal Register (this week). The final regulations issued by Mexico provide the structure for trade in potatoes between all countries and Mexico. A specific protocol agreed to by the U.S. and Mexico will govern the specifics of potato trade between the countries. Over the next several weeks, APHIS will identify the particular shipping and labeling requirements for U.S. potatoes being shipped to Mexico. Shipments of potatoes between the two countries should begin before June.

“In September 2012, the Mexican government began its rulemaking process to establish a protocol to allow the expansion of U.S. fresh potato trade with Mexico. The U.S. potato industry applauds the successful conclusion of the parallel rulemaking processes, which will benefit consumers and potato growers on both sides of the border.”

Find an English translation of the regulation here.

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