AFIA seeks to expand access to U.S. feed market in Vietnam

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Representatives in Ho Chi Minh City to Focus on Aquaculture and Pet Food

the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) says it is implementing market access and development programs for the US feed industry in Vietnam.

“Our work in Vietnam focuses on improving the competitiveness of American animal food products by educating and demonstrating the variety, efficacy, quality, viability, safety and sustainability of American food products,” said writes Gina Tumbarello, senior director of international policy and trade at AFIA in a recent blog post.

AFIA said its efforts will focus on updating technology, improving regulatory compliance and improving the quality of inputs and management, leading to increased use of additives for the animal feed and increased US food market share, with a primary focus on the aquaculture and pet food industries.

“By providing training in the use of the best technologies, Vietnamese can appropriately adjust their food rations, reduce costs and increase feed conversion rates,” Tumbarello wrote. “The benefits include improved feed production and on-farm animal agriculture production technology, input use and waste management, and farm management practices.”

The AFIA representation is based in Ho Chi Minh City. Thanh Nguyen is the national representative of AFIA in Vietnam and the founder and co-owner of ECREATI, a research and marketing agency. Alex Nguyen is the AFIA feed market consultant in Vietnam and also the co-owner of ECREATI.

AFIA said its funding is supported by the Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture. Market Access Program, which helps U.S. agricultural trade associations, co-ops, state regional trading groups, and small businesses share the costs of overseas marketing and promotion activities that help create commercial export markets for them. American agricultural products and products.

The US pork industry is also focusing on Vietnam

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) also recently said it was seeking to expand access to the U.S. market in Vietnam by removing trade barriers. PPC Chairman Jen Sorenson said in a statement in early May that U.S. hog farmers are “stuck with unjustified tariff and non-tariff barriers, allowing global competitors to take advantage of the supply gap. “.

Among the non-tariff barriers the United States faces in Vietnam is the ban on white offal, which includes products such as intestines, spleen, and tongue that are not easily consumed in the United States but which are popular in Vietnam, according to the NPPC deputy vice president for international affairs. business, Maria Zieba.

A bipartisan group of over 70 members of Congress sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai with the aim of expanding Vietnam’s market access to American pork.

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