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.
Norfolk City Manager Marcus Jones traveled to Ningbo China as part of the Governor's economic development and job creation trip to Asia. In May 2012, a delegation from Ningbo visited Norfolk.
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