Governor Jerry Brown recently led a delegation to China to promote trade and investment, as well as to open a new California trade office in Shanghai. The state of California has not had a formal presence in China since 2003.
The Almond Board was present at the opening of the
California Trade Office in Shanghai.
The focus of the three-city tour was to establish greater communication on trade and export opportunities for key California industries. Over 100 agriculture and commercial industries and associations accompanied the governor. The agriculture delegation was led by California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross, with representatives from several commodities, including almonds. Currently, ag exports represent 20% of total U.S. exports to China. Julie Adams, ABC vice president for technical and regulatory affairs, participated in the delegation. China is the top export market for almonds and demand continues to grow.
The ag delegation discussed market development and import issues with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service; meetings were also scheduled with the China Chamber of Commerce (CFNA) to discuss opportunities for industry cooperation. The Almond Board’s relationship with CFNA was identified as an example of how this type of collaboration benefits both importers and exporters. Other meetings focused on certification standards and e-commerce opportunities.