The U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened an agricultural trade office in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province. The move is seen as a signal that the U.S. is ready to move forward in trading with China.
About $8.2 billion of U.S. agricultural products were shipped to China last year. Ellen Terpstra, Deputy Undersecretary for USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service says China is a vital market for U.S. agriculture.
"It is one of the world's largest economies and the fifth largest market for U.S. agricultural exports," Terpstra says. "Rising per capita incomes and steady economic growth are creating new demand for U.S. products. This office will help U.S. exporters position themselves to take advantage of these trends."
The office in Chengdu is the USDA's fourth ag trade office in China, joining Beijing, Shanghai and Guangshou. These offices are the starting point for U.S. companies, processors or individuals who want to export to China.