Chinese feed buyers to visit Idaho
By John O’Connell
BOISE, Idaho — Representatives from three agricultural companies in Shanghai, China, will be in Idaho May 5-8 seeking supplies of animal feed.
Idaho State Department of Agriculture trade specialist Katlin Davis said their trip will be scheduled in conjunction with the arrival of ISDA’s trade office manager in Shanghai, Xu Fang.
Davis said the three companies will meet one-on-one with potential suppliers in Idaho, a state which is among China’s major feed sources.
“There’s a lot of potential for animal feed in China. They’re one of the largest dairy and pork production countries in the world,” Davis said.
Fang will be in Idaho from April 20 through May 9 and is scheduled to host one-on-one meetings with company officials in Boise on April 21-22.
Davis said he’s a resource for Idaho companies that currently export or would like to export to China and can help them resolve trade issues or make business contacts.
According to ISDA, China is the top foreign market for U.S. agricultural products and the No. 3 market for Idaho agricultural exports, with 10.6 percent of Idaho’s market share. Canada is Idaho’s No. 1 foreign market, followed by Mexico.
Companies interested in scheduling an appointment with Fang may call Davis at (208) 332-8678.
“It’s a strong market for Idaho exporters that we foresee continuing to grow,” Davis said.
ISDA also has foreign offices in Taiwan and Mexico, which are operated in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Commerce. Idaho’s China office was established in 2000.
Trade office managers are natives of the countries in which they are located, Davis explained. Trade office managers typically visit Idaho twice per year. The managers from Mexico and Taiwan both made their spring visit in February.