A Link For Exporters

A Link For Exporters

A Link For Exporters. I'm Greg Martin with Colorado Ag Today.

Colorado ag producers export over $2-billion dollars worth of food and ag products annually. Now there's a way for exporters to connect with markets for greater access. That could mean more dollars in your pocket. Christian Foster with the Office of Trade Programs in USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service says the new Trade Lead System gives U.S. exporters access to information about potential foreign sales opportunities.

FOSTER: This is geared more towards a smaller American company, a small/medium enterprise we call them who may not be that involved to-date in exporting and this is just a little assistance to get them to at least start connecting with potential buyers.

All potential sales leads are reviewed by FAS international offices and immediately distributed through the system to all registered users, as well as to nearly 100 U.S. agricultural trade associations and their partners. Foster reiterates it's just a lead system.

FOSTER: This is just a support system. it doesn't offer the entire capability to complete a transaction meaning it doesn't have built in means of transferring cash. This connects you with the potential buyer, you can talk about what he's looking for. You can learn about the company but you'll go outside the system when it comes to obviously signing a contract and making a cash transfer and that type of thing.

And that's Colorado Ag Today. I'm Greg Martin, thanks for listening on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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