China: Agricultural import-export centre opens in Zhuhai

17 June 2008

Zhuhai, China, 17 June – An import-export centre for agricultural products to serve exporters from the United States was opened Tuesday in the Zhuhai municipality, which borders Macau in China, with a US state delegation attending.

The mission, which includes 21 staff from agricultural departments of several US states, is headed up by Katy Coba, of the Oregon department of Agriculture.

The centre, which covers and area of 75,000 square metres, includes laboratories for testing products and warehouses that can be used by Chinese companies that distribute perishable goods.

The centre, which is the result of a joint venture between the Oregon department of agriculture, a private Chinese company and the Chinese government, aims to be a location for storage and sale of agricultural products from the western United States for distribution to Chinese restaurants, hotels and markets.

The Western United States Agricultural Trade Association supports the project financially although figures were not provided.

Coba said that “the centre makes it possible to bring together in one place all the instruments and mechanisms needed to move agricultural products to a key market for the United States.”

A spokesperson for the export certification programme of the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) said that the new facilities could also ensure the quality of Chinese products that are exported to the United States.

The ODA has certification agreements for agricultural products with Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

The ODA carries out quality tests on Chinese products in its laboratory in Portland, Oregon, but said that in the future these may be carried out in the laboratory now opened in Zhuhai. (macauhub)