BCI Visits Vietnam and Thailand on Market Development Effort
BCI President James Christie visited Vietnam and Thailand in March to investigate market opportunities for U.S. agricultural exporters. He was accompanied by a group of fresh fruit exporters from California. The group met with importers and retailers along with U.S. government officials in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Bangkok.
During meetings with the U.S. officials, James took the opportunity to discuss market access efforts in both countries for a number of BCI clients, and he explored opportunities for harmonization of maximum residue level (MRL) standards in the region. Market opportunities abound in the region, particularly in Vietnam which has lower import tariffs than Thailand on most U.S. agricultural products.
Pictured from left to right: James Christie - BCI; Gerald Smith - USDA/FAS/Ho Chi Minh City; Thanh Vo - USDA/FAS/Ho Chi Minh City; and Frances Lee who serves as a marketing representative for a number of U.S. agricultural products in the region.