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Canada top destination for fresh and dehydrated potatoes from U.S.

September 7, 2023  By Potatoes in Canada

Potato exports from the United States reached record value and volume in the 12-month period from July 2022 to June 2023, with Canada being the U.S.’s second largest potato export destination overall.

Export values increased 19.05 per cent to $2.2 billion, and export volume increased 3.85 per cent to 3.3 million metric tons (fresh weight equivalent).

In the period July 2022 to June 2023, Mexico became the U.S.’s largest potato export market for the first time, followed by Canada and Japan. The entire Mexican market opened to U.S. fresh potato exports in May 2022.


The value of exported dehydrated potatoes increased by 24 per cent to reach $257 million, and volume increased by 25.63 per cent to reach 965,523 metric tons. The top destinations for U.S. dehydrated potatoes were Canada, Japan and Mexico, and exports increased in value and volume for each of these countries.

The value of fresh potato sales rose 15.57 per cent from the previous 12 months to $310.4 million, though the volume of U.S. fresh potato shipments decreased slightly by 3.07 per cent. Canada, Mexico, and Japan were the top export markets for U.S. fresh potatoes, with both value and volume increasing to Mexico.

U.S. potato export values increased across all categories (frozen, fresh, dehydrated, seed and chips), with double-digit rises in all but seed potatoes. The increase in export volume was led by dehydrated potatoes and chips, which rose by 25.63 per cent and 11.19 per cent respectively. Overall, approximately 20 per cent of U.S. potatoes are exported.

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