Last week, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (CPAC) hosted a site visit by Mexican authorities. This site visit is one of the final requirements as the Mexican government moves toward restoring market access for U.S. fresh potatoes. During the two-day visit, the delegation met with Dr. Osama El-Lissy, Deputy Administrator at APHIS, Potato USA’s John Toaspern, CPAC Executive Director Jim Ehrlich, and Matt Lantz from Bryant Christie to review all sides of the U.S. potato supply chain and compare the requirements for shipping to Mexico.
“The U.S. potato industry is grateful for the unwavering support of Secretary Vilsack, Ambassador Tai, and the teams at USDA and USTR in this effort. Special thanks to Dr. El-Lissy who has committed an incredible amount of his time to ensuring a solid resolution of this important goal. His efforts will ensure valuable new opportunities for U.S. growers, Mexican consumers and the economies of both nations,” said Dominic LaJoie, President of NPC.
With the operational work plan formally published in Mexico and the site visit concluded, Potatoes USA held a meeting this week with the industry to educate members on the specific requirements for shipping beyond the 26-kilometer zone.