Va. Opens Agricultural, Forestry Trade Office in Shanghai

By: AP
By: AP

April 23, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is opening a trade office in Shanghai to increase agricultural and forestry sales to China, the state's largest export customer.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the opening Tuesday as he continues a trade and marketing mission to Asia. China purchased nearly $640 million in agricultural goods last year from Virginia.

McDonnell said the Shanghai office is in China's economic and commercial capital. He said only North Carolina has a dedicated agricultural trade office in China. North Carolina's office is in Beijing.

Virginia already has trade offices in some of the fast-growing countries on the planet, including India. Later this year, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will position a trade representative in Canada. The department has had a trade office in Honk Kong for more than 20 years.

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