Otters Talks Trade on China Visit

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The office of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is applauding a mid-April trade mission to China, which brought 16 Idaho companies and organizations to the table with government and business officials in Shanghai, Chengdu and Beijing.

As the third-largest foreign market for the Gem State, trade with China made up more than $625.9 million in Idaho products last year. Idaho businesses identified China as their business destination of choice in a survey conducted prior to organizing the trip.

The Rexburg manufacturing company AMET Inc., document preparation company DocuTech from Idaho Falls, and representatives of the Idaho Potato Commission all played parts in the visit.

Most successful was BioTracking LLC, according to Rocky Barker with the Idaho Statesman. That company contracted with Chinese dairy industry officials to provide pregnancy tests to the Shanghai Bright Dairy Co.