As one of the U.S.’s top markets for ag products, Mexico is a frequent destination for USDA trade missions such as the one taking place Nov. 6-8. The Western United States Agricultural Trade Association is once again partnering with the USDA on this outbound mission.
The domestic onion contingent is made up of representatives from Idaho-E. Oregon Onion Committee’s Export Committee, with Dar Symms, Alejandra Taylor and Wyatt Poole set to make the trip.
Recent releases from the USDA indicate the climate is good for an uptick in trade with Mexico when the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is fully approved. According to a WUSTA release in late October, the growing economy and population of Mexico “are driving demand for high-value, consumer-oriented foods, which now are now the largest category of U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico.”
The domestic onion industry frequently sends representatives on trade missions to Mexico, which “ranks among the top destinations for an assortment of processed foods and beverages, as well as other key products including soybeans, beef, pork, wheat, and fresh fruits and vegetables.”
The November mission will provide one-on-one meetings with buyers as well as a market briefing, retail tours and a trade networking reception. Additional information can be accessed at https://www.wusata.org/event/detail/e9e9903c-e2ed-4619-8cae-c428f7fcd4e8/.
A separate USDA story posted at https://www.fas.usda.gov/data/opportunities-us-agricultural-exports-mexico notes that Mexico is the second-largest export market of agricultural products from the United States, with export to that country hitting $19.1 billion in 2018.
The story noted, “Nearly 14 percent of all U.S. agricultural exports went to Mexico last year. The Mexican market for U.S. farm products is diverse and well-integrated with U.S. supply channels.”
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