The USDA has two trade missions planned in October
By Diego Flammini
Representatives from the public and private sectors will travel overseas this month to promote U.S. farm products.
The USDA has two trade missions scheduled in October.
The first, which kicked off Oct. 15 in Vietnam, involves about 80 U.S. delegates who will meet with buyers from Vietnam, Thailand and Burma.
All three of those countries have been good customers for the U.S. industry, and the trade delegation hopes to further strengthen those relationships.
“The size of this trade mission delegation speaks to the phenomenal potential that exists for U.S. exporters in Vietnam and surrounding countries,” Ted McKinney, undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, said in an Oct. 11 statement. “Since the United States normalized relations with Vietnam in 1995, our agricultural exports have grown exponentially, reaching a record (US)$4 billion last year.
“Sales of U.S. food and farm products to Thailand and Burma also set records in 2018, topping (US)$2.1 billion and (US)$126 million, respectively.”
While in Vietnam, the American representatives will promote specific commodities.
The reps will highlight U.S. corn, for example, to the Burmese delegation.
“Due to the rapid expansion of the Burmese livestock industry, experts predict increases in corn imports for feeding purposes,” a trade mission information document says. “In 2018, Burma imported (US)$1.1 million in corn from the world, and (US)$384,000 from the United States.”
The trade mission in Vietnam wraps up Friday.
The second ag trip takes place from Oct. 28 to 31 in Accra, Ghana and will include customers from the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Gambia.
The U.S. visitors will promote soybean products, wheat, beef, dairy and other goods to the African delegations.
Farms.com has reached out to the U.S. Grains Council and U.S. Soybean Export Council for comment.