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Foreign Agricultural Service
 

The Foreign Agricultural Service as part of the U.S. Embassy in Romania represents the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Romania. The regional office is based in Warsaw, Poland and covers Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovak Republic.

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Bucharest works for improving access of U.S. products on the Romanian market. FAS Bucharest operates programs designed to build new markets and improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in Romania.

American Officer:
Michael Henney (Resident in Warsaw)
As Regional Agricultural Attaché, Mr. Michael Henney represents the United States Department of Agriculture and the interests of U.S. agribusinesses

Local employees:
Agricultural Specialist: Monica Dobrescu, responsible for commodity reporting, policy issues
Agricultural Assistant: Ioana Stoenescu, responsible for marketing activities, veterinary issues.

Contact

If you would like further information related to any of USDA Programs, please feel free to contact our office.

Embassy of United States of America
Office of Agricultural Affairs

4-6, Dr. Liviu Librescu Blvd.,
District 1, Bucharest
015118 Romania
Telephone: (+40) 21 200-3374; (+40) 21 200-3356
Fax: (+40 21) 200-3442
E-mail: agbucharest@fas.usda.gov

FAS Program activity

Commodity and Marketing Reporting

USDA'S Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN) provides timely information on the agricultural economy, products and issues in foreign countries since 1995 that are likely to have an impact on United States agricultural production and trade. U.S. Foreign Service officers working at posts overseas collect and submit information on the agricultural situation in more than 130 countries to USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), which maintains the GAIN reports. If you wish to read the reports published by FAS Bucharest, please visit this website.

Agricultural and Food Trade Shows:

  • Calendar of 2013 Trade Shows in the United States (.PDF File, 116Kb). The calendar contains the major agricultural trade shows and conferences around the US whose exhibitors have identified export interest.
  • US products featured during trade shows in other countries. The search engine above will allow you to find the list of trade shows hosted by other countries, endorsed by USDA.

  • Domestic Trade Shows:

    • INDAGRA - International Fair of equipment and products in agriculture, horticulture, viticulture and animal husbandry
    • AGRARIA - International Trade Fair, organized in Cluj-Napoca
    • CARNEXPO - the largest meat industry exhibition from South Eastern Europe
    • GOODWINE - International Wine Fair
    • VINVEST Timisoara - International Wine Exhibition
    • VINTEST Bucharest - Romanian National Wine Show
    • AGRIPLANTA - open-air exhibition

Biotechnology:

Advances in science, many of them from scientists at USDA or through research funded by USDA, have opened up new options for farmers responding to market needs and environmental challenges. Many new plant varieties being developed or grown by farmers have been produced using genetic engineering, which involves manipulating the plant's genes through techniques of modern molecular biology often referred to as recombinant DNA technology. These techniques are included in what is often referred to as "biotechnology" or "modern biotechnology."

By visiting the website below, you will find useful links for describing the US regulatory system for agricultural biotechnology:

Welcome to the USDA's Agricultural Biotechnology Website

Most Important U.S. Exports to Romania - 2012

In 2012, U.S. exports continued the rising trend resumed in 2011. US agricultural commodities exports grew by 16 percent in 2012, from 77 million USD to over 89 million USD. Current trade data indicates positive prospects for 2013. Main commodities of U.S. origin marketed in Romania include: protein meals, confectionary sunflower seeds, planting seeds, food preparations, beverages, fruits and nuts, and seafood.

  • Soybeans and soybean meal- $31.5 million
  • Sunflower seeds – $15.6 million
  • Miscellaneous food preparations – $15 million
  • Beverages – $8.6 million
  • Fish & seafood products: $0.7 million
  • Edible fruits and nuts – $0.6 million

Food Facility Registration

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

    Online FDA Food Facility Registration

    The FDA recently issued guidance regarding registration requirements for food manufacturing facilities. Domestic and foreign food facilities must be registered with FDA by the end of the year. The updated food facility registration system is now available on-line at http://www.fda.gov/.

    Information About the Registration of Food Facilities:
    Registration of food facilities help desk - furls@fda.gov
    Phone: 800-216-7331 or 301-575-0156

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