06TBILISI2855, INITIAL RESULTS OF USDA’S TRADE MISSION TO GEORGIA

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06TBILISI2855 2006-10-27 11:14 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

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UNCLAS TBILISI 002855 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/CARC AND EB/TPA/ABT 
USDA FOR BARBIERI 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: EAGR ETRD EINV GG
SUBJECT: INITIAL RESULTS OF USDA'S TRADE MISSION TO GEORGIA 
 
 
1. In May, 2006, USDA led the first ever Agribusiness Trade 
and Investment Mission (TIM) to Georgia, which was funded by 
the Freedom Support Act.  The goal of the TIM was to 
facilitate investments and trade between the U.S. and 
Georgian companies, suppliers, and distributors.  With the 
current state of Russia-Georgia economic relations, it is now 
even more important for Georgia to expand its markets to the 
west.  The trade mission included 12 small and medium-sized 
enterprises specializing in equipment distribution, wine 
imports, cattle genetics, dried fruit and vegetables, coffee, 
meals ready to eat, processed goods and agricultural 
processing.  Embassy Tbilisi and USDA coordinated with a 
local Georgian-American events planning contractor, local 
business associations, and the GoG to provide participants 
with specialized presentations on Georgia's business climate, 
over 200 matchmaking meetings with local companies, and 20 
site visits. 
 
2. According to USDA, the mission resulted in negotiations on 
several export and investment projects.  Flatness 
Incorporated has plans to build two artificial insemination 
centers in Georgia to improve cattle.  Total investment in 
the project should be approximately USD 1 million.  Food Pro 
International is negotiating three deals with agricultural 
processing and production companies to update equipment and 
manufacturing techniques.  FoodSource, Inc. is negotiating a 
deal to export California walnuts for estimated sales of USD 
200 thousand, and is working with a Georgian grower to import 
hazelnuts from Georgia.  BlackDot Coffee is preparing to ship 
around 2,000 pounds of coffee per month starting in early 
2007. Additionally, Hima Beverage Brokerage imported to the 
U.S. several shipments of Georgian wine, and is working with 
the Georgian Wine Industry and USDA to establish a greater 
market share in the U.S.  Mission will be happy to support 
future similar trade missions. 
TEFFT

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