Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams will be leading a trade mission to Shanghai and Shenzhen, China from Nov. 9-14, 2016.
The point of the visit is to connect Michigan food and agriculture companies with buyers from China.
Companies who want to accompany the director must submit an application by Aug. 12. Accepted companies must pay a $1,000 fee for pre-arranged meetings with buyers, ground transportation in China as well as getting their company information translated into Chinese. This fee does not cover the flights to and from China, hotel or incidental costs which will be the responsibility of the companies.
“As the third largest export market for Michigan food and agricultural products, China’s middle class provides a great opportunity for Michigan companies,” Clover Adams said. “Traveling to China provides companies a first-hand look at market potential and the ability to meet face to face with key buyers to cultivate key relationships critical for international business development. In addition, companies will be able to build off the strong rapport Governor Snyder has built in China visiting six times in six years.”
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Michigan exported a record $71 million of the more than $20.2 billion total exports from the United States.