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Fresh and seed potatoes from all U.S. states are now allowed into Guatemala.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture in mid-May put in place new phytosanitary requirements that eliminate state limitations, according to a news release.

Potatoes USA said in a release that the market expansion was welcome. Four years ago, Guatemala allowed imports of U.S. potatoes from only from Idaho.

In 2017, Guatemala imported more than 24,000 metric tons of U.S. potatoes and potato products, valued at $27.5 million dollars, according to the release. Last year, Guatemala was the 13th largest export market for U.S. potatoes.