Agriculture Press Release

June 19, 2000

Vero Beach seminar to help Florida growers export products to China

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford announced that an exporting seminar to help Florida agricultural producers capitalize on the recently opened mainland China market will be held next week in Vero Beach.

Following closely on the heels of Crawfords historic trip to China in March when he delivered the first commercial shipment of Florida citrus, the seminar will provide Florida growers with information they need before venturing into this complex foreign market.

"Now that the mainland China market has been opened to citrus, the potential for sales is enormous," Crawford said. "Florida producers would be well advised to learn about this new market, its culture and commerce, and the intricacies involved in trading there. I urge anyone interested in exporting to China to attend this seminar."

The seminar will be held June 28 at Disneys Vero Beach Resort, 9250 Island Grove Terrace in Vero Beach. It will be conducted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and feature presentations by U.S. and Chinese experts in several areas of global agricultural trade, as well as participation by the Florida Department of Citrus.

Topics to be covered during the seminar include:

  • Geography, transportation infrastructure, ports of entry, water traffic
  • Demographics, economic conditions, cultural practices, shopping habits
  • Merchandising, advertising, cross-promotion
  • Phyto-sanitary and special packaging requirements
  • U.S. shipping, logistics, costs
  • Tariffs, financing, importers, relationships, China connections
  • First-trip preparations, visas, accommodations

For more information or to register to attend the seminar, contact Kimi Moore, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, at (850) 922-9828.

For more information:
Terence McElroy
(850) 488-3022

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