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August 27, 2019
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China's regulatory environment can be challenging to navigate.  Recently, the enforcement of registration requirements for foreign non-governmental organizations (FNGOs) has impacted promotional programs for several USDA Cooperators. BCI's Market Development Team has been at the forefront of this issue for its clients and, in July 2019, successfully completed the registration process in China on behalf of a client.

BCI President James Christie traveled to China to receive the client's registration certificate, meet with Shanghai Public Security Bureau officials, and discuss the issue with the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. BCI is pleased with this successful outcome and is glad to see the client's promotional program in China resume with this important requirement now addressed.

For questions regarding China's FNGO requirements, please contact Sarah Gelpi, Assistant Director of BCI's Market Development team, to assist at 916-492-7062.

 

August 7, 2019
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From July 22 to August 3, BCI collaborated with USDA and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) to host a group of 9 seafood importers from China on an educational and trade tour of Washington, Oregon, and Alaska through the USDA Cochran Fellowship Program.  The group was able to meet with a range of U.S. seafood suppliers, trade associations, and environmental organizations in each of the states to learn about the quality and sustainability found in American seafood products.  BCI’s experience in various agricultural sectors has allowed the company to lead a number of USDA Cochran Fellowship Programs like the one detailed here. Click here for more information on how BCI helps develop markets abroad.

(Photo above): The group at a meeting with Alaskan Leader Seafoods in Seattle, WA. (Below): The group during a processing plant site visit with Ocean Beauty Seafoods in Cordova, AK.

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