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, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

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.

Since the 1950’s the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has been linking U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security. In addition to its Washington, D.C. staff, FAS has a global network of 96 offices covering 169 countries. These offices are staffed by agricultural attachés and locally hired staff who are the eyes, ears, and voice for U.S. agriculture around the world. FAS staff identify problems, provide practical solutions, and work to advance opportunities for U.S. agriculture and support U.S. foreign policy around the globe.

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

Local employee:
Agricultural Specialist: Monica Dobrescu, responsible for commodity reporting, policy issues.
Agricultural Specialist: Andra Elena Nistor, responsible for marketing.

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:

  • Domestic Trade Shows 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 engines below will allow you to find the list of trade shows hosted by other countries, endorsed by USDA.
  • Trade Shows in Romania
    • 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
    • AGRIPLANTA – open-air exhibition

Trade Lead System

Online system Trade Lead System (TLS) is a tool to facilitate the process of identifying U.S. food products suppliers. Trade Lead System is a tool that allows for real-time distribution of FAS approved trade leads from foreign buyers to potential U.S. suppliers. TLS allows participation from all stakeholders involved with FAS trade leads, such as States, Industry Cooperators, State & Regional Trade Groups (SRTG’s), etc.

TLS is a complimentary service which entails in a first phase registering for Level 1 eAuthentication (eAuth) account. E-Auth is a secure path to sign in to USDA FAS applications. The next step it to fill-out an application form with data about the importing company, information about the products intended for import and detailed specifications. The application form is distributed to the stakeholders listed above. The interested U.S. exporters will contact directly the local importers.

For additional information, please contact the Agricultural Office of the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, phone +40 21 2003374 or AgBucharest@fas.usda.gov.

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: USDA’s Agricultural Biotechnology Website

Most Important U.S. Exports to Romania – 2017

United States is among the top 20 agricultural trading partners of Romania. Direct U.S. food exports rose by 42 percent during the first half of 2017 as compared to the same timeframe of the previous year reaching $53 million. Imports mainly consisted of planting seeds ($12 million), soybean meal ($9 million), food preparations ($8.1 million), beverages ($5.7 million), edible fruits and nuts ($2.4 million), fish & seafood products ($1.1 million).