A DELEGATION from the Oregon and Washington state departments of agriculture is in Manila for a joint trade mission to boost exports of US potatoes and other farm produce to the Philippines.
In a statement, the United States Embassy-Manila said that the 22-man delegation is visiting the country this week to provide market briefings to local importers and distributors on various agricultural tariff lines.
The group is composed of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Potato Commission, the Oregon Blueberry Commission, the Washington State Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Potato Commission.
“This trade mission represents an ideal opportunity to strengthen the bilateral trade relationship,” the US Embassy said.
Manila, which is already a major trading partner of both visiting US states, has recently granted market access for US fresh table stock potatoes.
The United States is the Philippines’ top supplier and customer of agricultural products. On the other hand, Manila is the tenth largest market in the world for US agricultural exports, while Washington buys roughly 30 percent of all Philippine agricultural exports.
In 2013, US sales of agricultural and related products to the Philippines reached $2.7 billion, while Philippine exports to the US reached $1.3 billion.
Just last week, members of the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (Wusata) met one-on-one with local importers, distributors, and event participants to increase commerce between the two trading partners.
Wusata considers the Philippines as an important market and a growing interest for innovative US-based food and agricultural brands.