This mission will have 2 stops: Yerseke, The Netherlands and Paris, France. See below for more information about the two stops.
Yerseke, The Netherlands
Yerseke, situated in the southwest province of The Netherlands known as Zeeland, has a considerable history of growing mussels and oysters. The companies situated here specialize in shellfish aquaculture, the importation of shellfish and crustaceans,
and managing a vast European distribution network that quickly moves fresh seafood throughout Europe. Over 70% of Yerseke’s annual shellfish harvest is distributed throughout Belgium, France, and Germany. Dutch traders know the European shellfish
business like few others. (The Netherlands and Spain are presently the only two EU countries that can export shellfish to the USA.)
France is famous for its love of seafood - particularly oysters – and oyster bars are plentiful in every major French city. Paris-based seafood importers and wholesalers specialize in offering freshness and variety daily to restaurants and retail
shops throughout the country. As Europe’s leading oyster consumer, the French market may provide good market development opportunities to US shellfish dealers.
Due to the nature of the global pandemic and its impact on international travel, please consider resources such a www.travel.state.gov when determining if this event is appropriate for you or your company.
Who Should Consider Attending?
Shellfish growers/dealers from Massachusetts who are capable of exporting.
Shellfish dealers from other Northeast States who are capable of exporting and interested in European markets.
*Important note: At this time, Massachusetts is the only Northeast U.S. state which can export shellfish to the EU.
Only Massachusetts shellfish dealers who are on the approved EU shippers list will be permitted to ship samples for mission activities.
Products of Interest
Top U.S. products in demand:
Sunday, September 25th
Participants arrive to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; local optional activities
Monday, September 26th
Mission Orientation; group travel to Yerseke, local oyster farm tours
Tuesday, September 27th
Participant briefings, one-on-one meetings with Dutch buyers; reception
Wednesday, September 28th
Group travel to Paris with retail market stops; No-host dinner at seafood brasserie
Thursday, September 29th
Participant briefing, one-on-one meetings with French buyers; reception
(Optional) Friday, September 30th
Guided trip to Rungis seafood market or self-guided tours to see how shellfish is marketed in France
Focused Trade Mission Services Provided
One-on-one meetings with qualified buyers
Pre-event product research including market overview, importation and distribution analysis
Country market presentations by the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Commerce/NOAA, and local shellfish industry experts
Translation of up to two pages of materials into French
Product showcase and trade reception
Inclusion in Trade Mission brochure containing your company profile, contact details and product lines; custom company pull-up banner for receptions
On-site assistance by Food Export's In-Market Representative
Identifying top leads
Local transportation between Amsterdam (from Schiphol hotel to Yerseke and Yerseke to Paris)
Detailed shipping instructions
Optional: Guided trip to Rungis seafood market or self-guided tours to see how shellfish is marketed in France (Friday, September 30th)
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