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New USDA office to facilitate agricultural trade

Released at: 09:07, 24/02/2018

New USDA office to facilitate agricultural trade

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service opens office in Hanoi.

by Quang Huy

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service under the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened a new office in Hanoi to boost the mutual trade of agricultural products between the two markets, the department said in a statement on its website on February 22.

The office will maintain technical working relationships with Vietnamese counterparts to resolve any concerns associated with the science-based standards both countries employ to prevent the introduction of animal and plant pests and diseases.

By doing so quickly and locally, it can help keep trade moving and benefit the producers and economies of both countries. The office will play a vital role in helping to expand the US’s $2.5 billion-dollar agricultural export market in Vietnam, according to the statement.

Rising agricultural trade between the US and Vietnam means new opportunities for American producers but the increase in trade also means increased pest and disease risk, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Mr. Greg Ibach, said.

“Having an office in the heart of Hanoi will not only help maintain existing markets, but foster new opportunities for American farmers who set the worldwide standard for food production,” he added.

“Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing global markets for US farm and food products, currently ranking as our 11th-largest customer,” USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Mr. Ted McKinney, said.

“The expansion of USDA’s presence in Vietnam is a clear indication of this country’s importance as a US trading partner,” he added. “The on-the-ground technical expertise of the APHIS team will be an important complement to the trade policy and market development work being done by our Foreign Agricultural Service staff at the USDA Office of Agricultural Affairs in Hanoi, as well as our office in Ho Chi Minh City.”

Vietnam’s agricultural exports reached $36.37 billion last year, up 13 per cent against 2016. It earned $3.45 billion from exporting fruit and vegetables, up 40.5 per cent, with China, Japan, and the US accounting for 75, 4, and 3 per cent, respectively.

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