The Agricultural Affairs Section represents U.S. agricultural interests on Taiwan with the goal of increasing Taiwan's agricultural imports from the United States. The section's responsibilities are to:
- analyze and report on Taiwan's agricultural production, demand for agricultural commodities and products, market opportunities, and the nature of competition from other suppliers;
- research and propose methods to reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers on U.S. agricultural exports to Taiwan; and
- advise and support USDA and the private U.S. agricultural sector regarding market conditions, market development strategies, and the evaluation of market development activities and campaigns.
(for further information on reports from the AIT/AGR Section, please search FAS Attache Country Reports.)
The Agricultural Trade Office's major focus is providing marketing assistance to U.S. companies and associations interested in exporting food and agricultural products to Taiwan. The ATO oversees and supports the activities of more than forty agricultural market development cooperators of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, five of which maintain offices with market directors on Taiwan; the American Soybean Association, the U.S. Feed Grains Council, the U.S. Wheat Associates, the U.S. Meat Export Association, and the National Forests and Paper Association. In addition, the ATO assists local Taiwan importers in locating reliable U.S. suppliers though the computerized trade leads service and the resources of the ATO library. Finally, to match exporters' and importers' interests, the ATO sponsors food shows and other promotional activities throughout the year.