Guía Comercial por Países
Croatia imports a significant portion of the food it consumes. Slow but continued economic reforms as a result of the EU accession process and growing tourism make Croatia a significant, long-term importer of certain U.S. food products, including seafood, snack foods, pet food, wine, tree nuts, rice, etc... Nevertheless, Croatia has not been immune to the global economic crisis and at this time still faces significant challenges with no real signs of improvement. Croatian consumers are strongly anti-biotech.
Canada is top destination for U.S. agricultural exports, in CY2009 totaling $15.7 billion, 16% of total U.S. agricultural exports. Consumer-oriented agricultural products accounted for 76% of total 2009 U.S. agricultural sales to Canada with fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, snack foods, red meats, breakfast cereals, and fruit and vegetable juices as the category leaders.
Australia is a prosperous, politically and economically stable, industrialized nation. Per capita GDP is approximately US$41,982, among the highest in the world. The Australian economy grew for 16 consecutive years until the global financial crisis, with only one quarter of negative growth in the fourth quarter of 2008. Growth quickly recovered due to a fiscal stimulus package, expansionary monetary policy and continued demand from China for Australian exports.
In the last decade, Laos has experienced significant industrial and economic growth fueled primarily by the mining and tourism industries. The latter remains the main driver for demand for high-value consumer oriented agricultural exports to Laos.
Taiwan has a dynamic capitalist economy and is easily affected by fluctuations in the world market. In 2009, the economic growth rate dropped by 1.91% due to the global recession – however, economic growth in 2010 is forecasted to be 6.14%. As a result of recent political changes, Taiwan’s relationship with the PRC has been improving, and trade is expected to increase, hopefully bringing economic benefits in the future.
Of the 39 million Kenyan consumers, only an estimated 2-4 million can afford to buy consumer-ready foods. FAS/Nairobi forecasts Kenyan imports of consumer-ready foods at $121 million during calendar year 2010, with the United States supplying ten percent of the total, mostly through consolidators.
The Dominican Republic is the third largest market for high value products in the Western Hemisphere, right after Canada and Mexico. The CAFTA-DR agreement has strengthened the competitive position of the United States in the Dominican market. In addition, the agreement has contributed to improving the legal framework that regulates the relationship between U.S. suppliers and Dominican importers.
Spain, one of the EU's fastest growing retail markets in recent years, is suffering the effects of the international financial crisis and the end of the boom in the real estate and construction sectors. Consumer confidence is falling sharply as negative economic figures are reflected in the retail sector downturn. Nevertheless, the dynamic Spanish market still offers opportunities for certain consumer-oriented food items, as well as long-term prospects for other products.