Growing trade with Vietnam and Japan
To grow Nebraska, we must continue to develop new international partnerships and deepen our existing trade relationships. Trade missions allow leaders in our state to meet face-to-face with overseas buyers, government officials, and businesses. They allow our farmers and ranchers to tell the story about Nebraska agriculture and to promote their world-class commodities firsthand. They also give Nebraska businesses an opportunity to showcase their goods and services directly to prospective customers. These personal connections help establish lasting relationships, built on personal trust, that open markets for our exports and bring jobs to Nebraska.
I am leading a trade delegation to Vietnam and Japan from September 3rd to September 10th aimed at boosting exports and attracting investment in our state. Japan has long been one of Nebraska’s best and biggest trade partners. With $412.1 million exported in 2018, Japan is Nebraska’s top market for beef exports. Japan is also Nebraska’s top direct international investor. For example, Kawasaki has operated a major manufacturing facility in Lincoln since 1974, which now employs around 2,000 Nebraskans. Currently, the Lincoln plant is manufacturing hundreds of railcars for the New York City subway system as part of a $1.4 billion contract.
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