Trade mission to create market opportunities for California agricultural exporters
SACRAMENTO, Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - California Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura will be leading an agricultural trade delegation to Cuba, January 21 – 24, 2008, to market California agricultural products to the Cuban government, creating future sales opportunities for California exporters.
“Cuba represents a good potential future market for California agriculture and is one that will directly benefit California companies,” said Secretary Kawamura, “Our experience has been that consumers, in every country we have visited, want access to California products.”
Secretary Kawamura is leading a delegation comprised of California agricultural leaders, who were selected based upon their commitment to international trade and their ability to meet the demands of the Cuban market. This initial trade mission will lay the foundation for future trips, where California companies interested in selling agricultural products to Cuba can participate.
Cuba imports an estimated $180 million worth of agricultural products that could be supplied by California farmers and ranchers. This trade mission will leverage agricultural business opportunities to increase California’s share of exports to the nation. In 2006, California exported an estimated $735,000 in agricultural products to Cuba.
Current company participants include:
1.) California Farm Bureau Federation
While in Cuba, the delegation is scheduled to have the following meetings with Cuban trade and government officials:
Monday, January 21: Havana
Tuesday, January 22: Havana
Wednesday, January 23: Havana
Thursday, January 24: Havana
State departments of agriculture are authorized to be licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control, to engage in travel-related transactions involving Cuba. Agricultural trade with Cuba was authorized on October 28, 2000 when the President signed the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. Since this time, Cuba has imported more than $1.8 billion in agricultural products. The California Department of Food and Agriculture received a license in December 2007 to conduct an agricultural trade mission.
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