USDA recently opened its fourth agricultural trade office in China.
The new office is in Chengdu, the capital of southwest China’s province of Sichuan. It is China’s fifth most populated city in a region of nearly 200 million people.
"China is a vital market for U.S. agricultural products," says A. Ellen Terpstra, undersecretary for USDA’s Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. "It is one of the world’s largest economies and the fifth largest market for U.S. agricultural exports. Rising per capita incomes and steady economic growth are creating new demand for U.S. foods and beverages in this region. This office will help U.S. exporters position themselves to take advantage of these trends."
The other three offices are located in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. China imported roughly $8.2 billion worth of U.S. agricultural products in fiscal year 2007, a record figure. Bulk and intermediate products like soybeans, cotton, hides, meat, and poultry accounted for a large portion of that total.