Agriculture Press Release

October 13, 1999

Crawford to Send Delegation to China

TALLAHASSEE Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford announced today that a delegation of representatives from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Department of Citrus will travel to China early next month in an effort to expedite agricultural trade between Florida and that country.

The delegation is planning to meet with Chinese government officials from the offices of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, the Administration of Import-Export and Quarantine, and Customs of the Peoples Republic of China in an effort to implement a trade agreement recently signed between the United States and China governing trade in several Florida agricultural commodities.

"International trade is vital to the continued success of the Florida agricultural community," Crawford said. "China is the worlds largest untapped market for Florida agricultural products. We are extremely happy about the agreement negotiated between the United States and China covering a significant portion of our commodities. Now, we will work as diligently as possible to implement it."

Crawfords office is working with the Florida Department of Citrus, United States Department of Agricultures Foreign Agricultural Service and Animal Plant Inspection Service, and the Office of The United States Trade Representative in planning the mission.

The mission will last 15 days. In addition to meeting with Chinese government officials in Beijing, the delegation will travel to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin and Hong Kong. Crawford has directed the delegation to identify channels of distribution for Florida agricultural products, analyze infrastructure barriers to trade within China, and to study market trends, competition, and trade practices in Hong Kong.

"We will continue to do everything we can to assure that we will be shipping our agricultural products to China by early next year," Crawford said.


For more information:

Matt Dempsey
(850) 488-3022

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