It’s a matter of simple economics, he said.
“The only place we have the freight advantage is going across the ocean.”
As for Mexico, the U.S. and Mexican governments have been talking about expanding the trade zone for a decade, Long said. But he is confident the talk will one day to turn to action.
“The only question is when,” he said. “Their people want our product.”
Exports will not account for significant volumes of Washington potatoes marketed by L&M Cos. Inc., Raleigh, N.C., this season, said Les Alderete, the company’s director of production and grower development.
“We send some to Canada, but none to the Pacific Rim,” he said. “We have looked at it, and bid on it. It’s just never come around.”