Website: U.S. Foreign Agriculture Service

Saturday, February 3, 2007 10:18

When looking for solid intelligence on a foreign country, the U.S. government has a less than stellar reputation. However, one site that consistently proves its use is that of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service.

Under the umbrella of the USDA, FAS’s head office is located in the Portman complex and is managed by

Some of the most recent reports are:

Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou: Profiling Three of China’s Largest HRI Markets

Analysis and history of China’s WTO ascension

East Meets Yeast: Shanghai Beer Culture Bubbles

China’s Biofuel Analysis

Their analysts have put together a number of city specific reports that have also been useful ( Chengdu and Chongqing), and also offers trip reports(PDF).

For firms looking to learn about agriculture, food, and machinery markets in China, the FAS defiantly has the best site of public information, and I highly recommend others looking to learn about second tier city development, logistics, and policy.

With FAS offices in Shanghai, Beijing, and Chengdu, the staff is always open to meeting with companies looking to learn more about agricultural trends in China and assist in identifying channels to distribute products.

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2 Responses to “Website: U.S. Foreign Agriculture Service”

  1. Felix C Guerrero says:

    March 19th, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    We are a new start up aquifer bottled water company with bottling plants at Eagle Lake, Colorado County, Texas.
    We want to check with FAS as a possible source of legitimate leads to bottled water importers in China which could be interested in becoming our distributors, since the water fof human consumption is reported by industry and media as in dire needs of supply until the national water industry gets on its economic feet. We would appreciate your advice on how FAS may be the lead into those contacts, cost of same, time lines for services, so that after initial contact with them, we may plan a visit for further selection in the various areas of high potential market. Felix C. Guerrero,

  2. rbrubaker says:

    March 19th, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Felix,

    Congrats on your new venture.

    If you go to their website and find their Beijing/ Shanghai office, you will be able to find the contact information of the Shanghai/ Beijing FAS officers from there.

    Wahaha, China’s largest bottled water producer by volume is actually the #1 brand in China. while water is scarce in some areas, I suggest you do your DD before entering the market.

    Both Watson’s and Coke are in the bottled water space, and there are a number of other companies like Nongfu Springs that offer bottles from 12.5 cents to 1.50USD.

    Feel free to send me an email if you cannot find the FAS contact information