- U.S. Commercial Service
- Foreign Agricultural Service
The Foreign Agricultural Service in New Zealand
The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which works to improve foreign market access for U.S. products.
The office at the U.S. Embassy in Wellington provides an important link between U.S. exporters seeking information on the New Zealand market and New Zealand importers looking for suppliers of high quality foods from the United States. U.S. agricultural exports to New Zealand was approximately US$459 million in 2014, with nearly half that amount made up of consumer ready products. Leading U.S. agricultural exports to the New Zealand market include lactose, food preparations, pet food, frozen pork, dry almonds, animal feed, fresh grapes, fresh oranges, nuts, citrus fruits and stone fruit.
To develop the New Zealand market for U.S. products, the office provides services which include information on food and beverage trade shows in the U.S., a buyer alert program for U.S. foods, a New Zealand food importers list, U.S. supplier lists, and reports on the New Zealand food market.
The office also plays a key role in managing the agricultural trade policy component of the U.S.-New Zealand bilateral relationship, making sure that market access issues for producers and exporters of U.S. foods are pursued. The office also reports on agricultural conditions for important commodities in New Zealand.
This USDA agency operates programs designed to build new markets and improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace. Learn more about New Zealand.