Trade missions personalize business relationships by introducing potential trade partners. Outgoing sales missions shorten the time it takes to learn about another market.
Participants learn first-hand by hearing market briefings, visiting sales channels, and attending one-on-one meetings with qualified buyers. Often we even provide interpreters. Buyer missions (also called reverse trade missions) bring foreign buyers into the United States to introduce them to the wide variety and high quality agricultural products available here. Both types of missions offer the U.S. exporter a great way to make contacts quickly and cost effectively.
Trade Mission participation fees range between $750-2,500 depending on the type of services the companies receive. Missions are usually very focused, have briefings on the country’s economy and agricultural situation and opportunities, site visits to supermarkets and food services, and one-on-one pre-scheduled meetings. In some cases, they are connected with trade shows and companies take booths. Travel, hotel and incidental costs are paid by the travelers.
Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
FAS has the primary responsibility for USDA’s international activities—market development, trade agreements and negotiations, and the collection and analysis of statistics and market information. Below are links to their trade event information.