WASHINGTON, DC, US — The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the US Department of Agriculture is seeking US exporter applicants for its first regional agricultural trade mission to Amsterdam, Netherlands, a nation ranking 10th among US agricultural trading partners at $3.4 billion in 2021.

The April 17-20 mission includes meeting with buyers from the Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium and Germany, business-to-business meetings with potential buyers, market briefings from FAS and trade experts, site visits and other networking activities.

“Agribusiness producers, exporters and growers in the United States may find the Netherlands to be a perfect gateway to Europe,” said Daniel B. Whitley, administrator for the FAS. “Participants will explore exporting opportunities in this mature market, which continues to grow, and meet potential buyers in surrounding regional markets.”

Rotterdam is Europe’s largest seaport and positions the Netherlands as a further processing and distribution hub to facilitate exports across Northern Europe and beyond, the USDA said. A strategic trading partner, the Netherlands is home to brokers, traders, processors (food, feed, and fuel), distributors, wholesalers, and retailers with deep experience sourcing international ingredients and products. 

Export opportunities include oilseeds, fats and vegetable oils, grains, pulses, planting seeds, forestry products, beef (non-hormone treated cattle), dairy products, tree nuts, fish and seafood, food preparations, pet food, non-alcoholic beverages, spirits, wine and beer, confectionery and condiments and sauces. Opportunities also are available for US products with special certifications, such as organic, and for products with unique stories to tell about their provenance or origin.

The deadline to apply for the Netherlands trade mission is Jan. 26. Information about the trade mission and how to apply is available online at Netherlands April 2023.