Inbound Missions

Fresno’s CITD organizes inbound trade missions to provide California businesses with an opportunity for face-to-face contact with pre-qualified potential foreign buyers. These events have proven highly successful for many local businesses, and opened the door for long-term trade relationships. In the past few years, the CITD has coordinated trade missions with buying delegations from over 15 different countries including: Mexico, South America, Canada, China, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, Philippines, European Union, Middle East, India and many more countries.

Upcoming Inbound Missions:

WUSATA 2017 Europe Dried Fruit & Nut Inbound Mission

Dec. 6-8, 2017 - The Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA®), and the Arizona, California and New Mexico State Departments of Agriculture, announce participation and registration in the following activity: Europe Dried Fruit and Nut Inbound Buying Mission to Arizona, California and New Mexico, December 6th – December 8th, 2017.

 Event Description:
The European Union is the world’s largest importer of agricultural commodities and food, with $60 billion USD imports coming from the United States. The combined GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the EU economies was approximately $16.31 trillion USD in 2015, placing it far ahead of China. The EU is the largest market for dried fruit and nuts, representing more than 40% of the world total imports. Import volumes are predicted to rise as the consumer markets for natural, low sugar, and safe products grow in this region.
Benefits of Participation:
Showcase your products and learn about opportunities and buyer preferences. 
Meet one-on-one with pre-qualified buyers from across Europe.
Identify new buyers for your product, or re-connect personally with existing clients.
 Dates and Location:
December 6, 2017 Meetings in the Fresno/Central Valley area (facility visits)
December 7, 2017 Meetings in the Sacramento, CA area (tabletops at the Almond Board Conference)
December 8, 2017 Meetings in the Sacramento, CA area (facility visits)
 Participation Fee: Complimentary
 Registration Deadline: November 27, 2017

 

WUSATA 2017 Central America Produce Inbound Trade Mission to CA, WA 

July 24 - 28, 2017 - This will be a great opportunity for companies to meet buyers in the growing SE Asia Market. The inbound Trade Mission is sponsored by the Western U.S Agriculture Trade Association ( WUSATA) and the 13 western states Department of Agriculture. This event will be held in conjunction with WUSATA Southeast Asia and Mexico inbound produce trade mission. The combination will bring more than 15 buyers from over three countries to California to meet with fresh produce suppliers. Every participant may join a one -on -one business meeting or have the opportunity to host the buyer delegation at their facilities for field production and processing tours.  

Event DiscriptionThis event will be held in conjunction with WUSATA's Southeast Asia and Mexico Inbound Produce Trade Missions. More than 15 buyers from over three countries will travel to Washington and California to meet with fresh produce suppliers. Event participants may either join our one-on-one business meetings or have the opportunity to host the buyer delegation at their facilities for field production and processing tours.
Dates & Location

July 24, 2017 - One on One meeting / Site Visit – Wenatchee, WA

July 25, 2017 - One on One meeting / Facility Site – Yakima, WA

July 27, 2017 - Table Top meeting – Fresno, CA

July 28, 2017 – Site Visits – Fresno and Surrounding Area Facility – Fresno, CA 

 Event Format   
Site Visits: Site visit will be allowed based on meeting buyers product of interest and location being logistically feasible.
One to One Meetings: One-on-one meetings with buyers from Mexico/SE Asia meetings will be about 15-20 minutes each. These meetings will be held during either the morning or afternoon sessions of the tabletops.
 Products of Interest  
Products must be at least 50% U.S. agricultural origin by weight, excluding added water and packaging. Please see additional details regarding product and company eligibility on the U.S. Supplier Page located on the homepage of the WUSATA website. 

Suitable products include, but are not limited to:  Fresh Produce,  
 Participation Fee    There is no participation fee for this event.This activity is Complementary
 Registration Deadline  There is limited amount of space available for this enormously popular event so please sign up promptly to reserve your spot. Registration ends at 11:59pm Pacific Time: Jul 14, 2017

      CENTRAL AMERICAN PRODUCE - CLICK HERE   

      MEXICO - CLICK HERE   

       SE ASIA - CLICK HERE

 

WUSATA 2016 Middle East Consumer Oriented Inbound Trade Mission

December 14-15, 2016 - This will be a great opportunity for companies to participate in the growing Middle East market. The Middle East is experiencing rapid consumer growth, as the seventh largest regional market for consumer-oriented products, the Middle East continues to outpace South America and South Asia as an export destination.

 Event Description  The Middle East is experiencing rapid consumer growth, as the seventh largest regional market for consumer-oriented products, the Middle East continues to outpace South America and South Asia as an export destination. The imported food industry is expected to grow by $35 billion in the next decade. Currently an estimated 90 percent of all food products in the Middle East are imported.
 Dates & Location    
December 14, 2016 - Tabletop Meetings - San Francisco & Oakland
December 15, 2016 -  Tabletop Meetings - Los Angeles
 Event Format   One on One Meetings: One-on-one meetings with pre-qualified buyers from Middle East, meetings will be about 15-20 minutes each. These meetings will be held during either the morning or afternoon sessions of the tabletops. 
 Products of Interest    Products must be at least 50% U.S. agricultural origin by weight, excluding added water and packaging. Please see additional details regarding product and company eligibility on the U.S. Supplier Page located on the homepage of the WUSATA website. 

Suitable products include, but are not limited to: snacks, beverages, confectionery, condiments, meats, processed fruits and vegetables, specialty foods, dried fruits and nuts.
 Participation Fee   There is no participation fee for this event.
 Registration Deadline    There is limited amount of space available for this enormously popular event so please sign up promptly to reserve your spot. Registration ends at 11:59pm on December 6, 2016


WUSATA 2016 Europe/Korea Dried Fruit & Nuts Inbound Trade Mission

December 5-9, 2016 - This will be a great opportunity for companies to participate in the growing Europe/Korea market. (Europe) Europe is the world’s largest import market for agricultural commodities and food.The EU is a net importer of most dried fruits and nuts. The market for these products is sustained by the thriving bakery, breakfast cereal, snack and natural product industries in the EU. (Korea) Korea is the 5 th largest U.S. export economy with $6.6 billion in imports in 2015. The U.S. remains Korea’s top supplier of agricultural products, and continues to see solid export growth in the consumer oriented industry. 

 Event Description (Europe) Europe is the world’s largest import market for agricultural commodities and food. The combined economies of the EU countries was approximately $16.23 trillion USD in 2015 (Gross Domestic Product), just slightly smaller the U.S. (Korea)  According to the Seoul Agricultural Trade Office, Korea imported $110 million worth of dried nuts from the U.S. in the first three months of 2015 alone. The U.S. remains Korea’s top supplier of agricultural products, and continues to see solid export growth in the consumer oriented industry.
 Dates & Location  
December 7, 2016 - Site Visits - Fresno
December 8, 2016 - Tabletop Meetings - Sacramento
December 9, 2016 - Site Visits - Sacramento
 Event Format   
Site Visits: Site visit will be allowed based on meeting buyers product of interest and location being logistically feasible.
One to One Meetings: One-on-one meetings with pre-qualified buyers from Eurpoe/Korea, meetings will be about 15-20 minutes each. These meetings will be held during either the morning or afternoon sessions of the tabletops.
 Products of Interest   Products must be at least 50% U.S. agricultural origin by weight, excluding added water and packaging. Please see additional details regarding product and company eligibility on the U.S. Supplier Page located on the homepage of the WUSATA website. 

Suitable products include, but are not limited to: Dried Fruit and Nuts
 Participation Fee    There is no participation fee for this event.
 Registration Deadline  There is limited amount of space available for this enormously popular event so please sign up promptly to reserve your spot. Registration ends at 11:59pm on November 30, 2016

     EUROPE- CLICK HERE    

 

      KOREA- CLICK HERE   


 

WUSATA 2016 Southeast Asia Consumer Oriented Inbound Trade Mission

 

October 10-11, 2016 - USDA’s Exporter Guide to Southeast Asia reports that “while overall U.S. agricultural exports have experienced a sharp rise in recent years, the growth of sales to Southeast Asia has outpaced the general trend. This has been true for a wide range of agricultural products, and especially for high-value products.”

 Event Description Rising incomes and a growing number of middle class consumers make emerging markets great opportunities for U.S. exports. Southeast Asia shows particular promise. USDA’s Exporter Guide to Southeast Asia reports that “while overall U.S. agricultural exports have experienced a sharp rise in recent years, the growth of sales to Southeast Asia has outpaced the general trend. This has been true for a wide range of agricultural products, and especially for high-value products.”   
 Dates and Location  
October 10, 2016 in Los Angeles
October 11, 2016 in San Francisco
Event Format   
One to One Meetings: One-on-one meetings with pre-qualified buyers from Southeast Asia, meetings will be about 15-20 minutes each. These meetings will be held during either the morning or afternoon sessions of the tabletops.
 Products of Interest  Products must be at least 50% U.S. agricultural origin by weight, excluding added water and packaging. Please see additional details regarding product and company eligibility on the U.S. Supplier Page located on the homepage of the WUSATA website. 

Suitable products include, but are not limited to: healthy snacks, functional foods, fruits, vegetables, specialty foods, coffee, wine, beer, natural and organic, sauces and dressings, beverages, prepared foods, nuts, spices, and other related products.
Participation Fee  There is no participation fee for this event.
 Registration Deadline  There is limited amount of space available for this enormously popular event so please sign up promptly to reserve your spot. Registration ends at 11:59pm on October 6, 2016

 

ATO China Shanghai Nut Buying Mission

September 26-27, 2016 - This will be an excellent opportunity for companies to participate in the growing nut market in China. China is the largest export markets for U.S. tree nuts. The United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Trade Office Shanghai Nut Buyer Inbound Mission will consist of site visits and 30 minute group presentations in Modesto and Fresno.

Event Description  China is the largest export markets for U.S. tree nuts. With 1.3 billion inhabitants, China represents 20.7% of the world's population. Shanghai is ranked as one of the largest urban areas in China with the best infrastructure and greatest number of experienced distributors. With increasing household incomes and food safety concerns, more consumers are trading up to buy imported foods.

This will be an excellent opportunity for companies to participate in the growing nut market in China. The United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Trade Office Shanghai Nut Buyer Inbound Mission will consist of site visits and 30 minute group presentations in Modesto and Fresno. There is no fee to participate in these activities. 

Participating companies are encouraged to be export-ready, bring samples and product lists to events, and be prepared to discuss pricing.

Dates and Location 
Sep 26th: Site Visits & Group Presentations - Sacramento to Modesto
Sep 27th: Site Visit & Group Presentations - Fresno
Event Format 
Site visit will be allowed based on meeting buyers product of interest and location being logistically feasible.  Group presentation will be scheduled in 30 minute increments in Modesto from 2-5 pm and in Fresno from 10-10:30 am.
Products of Interest  Bulk Almonds, Pecans, Pistachios and Walnuts 
Participation Fee  There is no participation fee for this event.
Registration Deadline  There is limited amount of space available for group presentation and site visits so please sign up promptly to reserve your spot. Registration ends at 11:59pm on September 21, 2016.


Download Mission Flyer
In addition to registration above, please download, complete and return the US SBA Self-Representation Form and email to citd@scccd.edu.


WUSATA 2016 India/Middle East Consumer Oriented Inbound Trade Mission

September 21-23, 2016 - This will be an excellent opportunity for companies to participate in the growing India and Middle Eastern market. (India) With a population of 1.2 billion, India is the world’s second most populous country after China. A rising middle class and resulted in significant growth of the retail and food service industry. With this dramatic increase in disposable incomes, consumers in India are seeking out more international products. (Middle East) The Middle East is experiencing rapid consumer growth, as the seventh largest regional market for consumer-oriented products, the Middle East continues to outpace South America and South Asia as an export destination.

Event Description (India) With this dramatic increase in disposable incomes, consumers in India are seeking out more international products. Consumers are also becoming more aware of the quality and safety of their food. Younger populations in urban areas are driving an interest for fresh and processed food. These new changes bring an exciting growth to the imported food sector and a positive future for US exporters. (Middle East) The imported food industry is expected to grow by $35 billion in the next decade. Currently an estimated 90 percent of all food products in the Middle East are imported. You do have to register for each buying group separately.

Event participants will forge relationships with potential customers/trading partners and gather market intelligence that will help them develop strategies to start or expand sales in this key market.
Dates and Location
September 21, 2016 - San Francisco (Facility Visits)
September 22, 2016 - San Francisco (Tabletop Meetings)
September 23, 2016 - Los Angeles (Tabletop Meetings)
Event Format
One to One Meetings: One-on-one meetings with pre-qualified buyers from Australia, meeting will be about 15-20 minutes each. These meetings will be held during either the morning or afternoon sessions of the tabletops.
Products of Interest Products must be at least 50% U.S. agricultural origin by weight, excluding added water and packaging. Please see additional details regarding product and company eligibility on the U.S. Supplier Page located on the homepage of the WUSATA website. 

Suitable products include, but are not limited to: Retail Products
Participation Fee There is no participation fee for this event.
Registration Deadline There is limited amount of space available for this enormously popular event so please sign up promptly to reserve your spot. Registration ends at 11:59pm on September 15, 2016.

INDIA - CLICK HERE

MIDDLE EAST - CLICK HERE


WUSATA 2016 Australia Consumer Oriented Inbound Trade Mission

 August 29-30, 2016 - This will be an excellent opportunity for companies to participate in the growing Australian market. Australia is the world’s 13th largest economy that has been steadily growing for the last 24 years.

Event Description In 2014 U.S. exports to the market increased by more than 23% from the previous year putting the U.S. as the number two supplier of imported consumer oriented food products. There is an increasingly strong demand for quality foods among Australian consumers. This increase in demand provides more opportunities for US Food and Beverage companies.

Event participants will forge relationships with potential customers/trading partners and gather market intelligence that will help them develop strategies to start or expand sales in this key market.

Dates and Location

August 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA

August 30, 2016 in San Francisco, CA

Event Format

One to One Meetings: One-on-one meetings with pre-qualified buyers from Australia, meeting will be about 15-20 minutes each. These meetings will be held during either the morning or afternoon sessions of the tabletops.

Products of Interest Products must be at least 50% U.S. agricultural origin by weight, excluding added water and packaging. Please see additional details regarding product and company eligibility on the U.S. Supplier Page located on the homepage of the WUSATA website. 

Suitable products include, but are not limited to: Consumer Ready, Snack Foods, Ingredient, Natural/Health, Organic, Retail Products.

Participation Fee There is no participation fee for this event.
Registration Deadline There is limited amount of space available for this enormously popular event so please sign up promptly to reserve your spot. Registration ends at 11:59pm on August 23, 2016.