For calendar year 2016, total U.S. potato exports were up 4% to USD1,726,920,330 – the highest ever value, according to a statistical summary of Potatoes USA.
The volume of exports also reached a record level of 1,679,236 metric tons up 8% over 2015. On a fresh weight equivalent basis the volume was up just 1%. This is due to the fact that dehy exports were down 20% which had a big impact when converted back to the fresh weight equivalent.
Frozen exports were up 8% while fresh was up 20% with chips up 3%. When looking at combined exports of all products Canada was the number one market for the U.S. with growth of 19%.
Japan was number two up 14% while Mexico was still third despite a 5% decline. Attached are the calendar year U.S. potato exports in spreadsheet form and with analysis as a PDF. The most significant dropping was recorded by South Korea – down with 10.19%.