Jun 20, 2023
USDA seeks applications for Chile agribusiness trade mission

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service is accepting applications from U.S. exporters for a trade mission to Santiago, Chile.

Trade mission


During the week of Sep. 25-29, U.S. agribusinesses will participate in business-to-business meetings with potential importers from both Chile and Peru. The trade mission will coincide with the USDA-endorsed Espacio Food and Service trade show, Chile’s major food show and a significant gateway to the Latin American market, offering additional networking opportunities for U.S. participants.

USDAlogo“This year we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of U.S.-Chile diplomatic relations and today Chile and the neighboring Peru are some of our key trading partners, representing the second and third largest agricultural markets in South America,” Daniel B. Whitley, administrator at FAS, said. “With the Espacio Food and Service trade show taking place at the same time, the upcoming trade mission to Santiago provides a unique opportunity to expand U.S. agricultural exports to Chile and Peru even further.”

Market briefings

In addition to conducting business-to-business meetings, the trade mission participants will also have an opportunity to receive detailed market briefings from FAS staff and local and regional industry experts. The event will include receptions and other opportunities to network, engagements with USDA leadership, and relevant site and retail visits in Santiago and the surrounding area.

Total agricultural exports to these markets have grown significantly since the establishment of the Chile Free Trade Agreement and the Peru Trade Promotion Agreements and exceeded $2 billion in 2022. In the January through April 2023 period, U.S. agricultural exports to Chile have increased by 4% compared to the same period in the prior year.

Opportunities exist for exporters

The region offers a modern and dynamic food retail sector as well as relatively high per capita incomes and purchasing power. Strong opportunities exist for exporters across many sectors, including but not limited to:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal protein
  • Cheese
  • Consumer-oriented products
  • Dog and cat food
  • Ingredients for processing
  • Tree nuts
  • Wheat

To apply, please complete the Santiago, Chile Agribusiness Trade Mission Application. The deadline to apply for the Chile trade mission is Wednesday, July 5th.

This is the fourth USDA trade mission of 2023. FAS will also be leading trade missions later this year to Malaysia/Singapore and Angola. To learn more about the USDA trade missions, visit: Trade Missions | USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

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