Governor Kate Brown wrapped up her trade mission to Asia Tuesday.  South Korea is Oregon’s third largest export market for food and agricultural products, and no country the Governor pointed out buys more Oregon blueberries.  And Brown said she thinks there’s room for growth and expansion.


“Oregon blueberries are already popular and we spoke with Korean leaders about allowing the import of both Oregon blackberries and raspberries, as well.”


Brown said the trade mission was critical to Oregon’s economic development, as it recovers from the pandemic.


“Oregon’s strong trade relationship with both Korea and Japan has contributed to Oregon seeing the fifth fastest export growth in the United States over the past five years.  We were only one of six states to see positive export growth during the pandemic."


In Japan, Brown talked with tech companies about investing in Oregon’s semiconductor sector.  Her office says she also promoted tourism, wine and beer with representatives from Travel Oregon and others.


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