Oct. 3, 2017 - On September 12, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced the lifting of restrictions for Idaho potatoes. The restrictions were put in place over 10 years ago due to the detection of potato cyst nematode (PCN). APHIS and the U.S. potato industry have spent the subsequent years working to address MAFF’s concerns about PCN, which MAFF now has to address domestically following the 2016 announcement of the detection of PCN on the potato-producing island of Hokkaido. With the restrictions lifted, APHIS will focus on additional issues to continue to expand access for U.S. potatoes. U.S. potato exports to Japan have previously averaged $10 million a year without potatoes from the largest producing State in the United States.