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Foreign Agricultural Service

Agricultural Attaché: Chris Rittgers

Bilateral trade between the United States and Malaysia in agricultural, fishery, and forestry products totaled over $2.9 billion in 2008. Agricultural trade between the two countries is often complementary, with the U.S. supplying bulk grains and oilseeds, feedstuffs, temperate fresh fruits, temperate hardwood lumber, and other high value consumer products. Malaysia supplies the U.S. with rubber, palm oil, cocoa products, and value-added wood products. 

The Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA) of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur represents the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. agricultural industry in Malaysia. We analyze and report on Malaysia's agricultural production, demand for agricultural commodities and products, market opportunities, and the nature of competition from other suppliers. We advocate U.S. policy interests by monitoring tariff and non-tariff barriers and proposing measures to enhance the market access for U.S. agricultural products. We work closely with U.S. non-profit commodity organizations, known as foreign market development cooperators, to increase U.S. agricultural exports to Malaysia. We sponsor promotional activities and participate in food seminars and shows throughout the year and assist local Malaysian importers in locating reliable U.S. suppliers through the computerized trade leads service and the resources of the office. The OAA also engages in a wide range of cooperative activities with the Government of Malaysia and other entities in Malaysia with the goal of enhancing our two countries relationship in food and agriculture.

Another area of shared interest between the U.S. and Malaysia is agricultural biotechnology. Agricultural biotechnology has already delivered significant economic benefits to farmers and the environment in many countries around the world.

The OAA and USDA conduct various programs under the Cochran Fellowship Program (CFP). The program objectives are to strengthen and enhance trade linkages between Malaysia agricultural interests and the United States.

The OAA is staffed by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Office of Agricultural Affairs
American Embassy, Kuala Lumpur
376 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: (6-03) 2168-5082
Fax: (6-03) 2168-5023
Email: AgKualaLumpur@usda.gov

(The Office of Agricultural Affairs in Kuala Lumpur also covers Brunei and Papua New Guinea and supervises the FAS office in Singapore.)