The U.S. Trade and Development Agency sponsored a delegation from Southern China to visit the U.S. The goal of RTM was to increase access for U.S. companies to a rapidly expanding market for the technologies, products, and services that will support a modern cold chain infrastructure to import, store, and deliver fresh, chilled, and frozen food in China.
The USTDA Southern China Cold Chain RTM started on Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Kansas City, MO. It ended on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.
In Kansas City, MO, the RTM got started on a Friday meeting with Northpoint Logistics. After the short meeting we were off to the BNSF Logistics Park for a tour of a Cold Point Warehouse and Material Handling operation. After lunch, we wrapped up a busy first day with a visit to the Raymond Corporation, a Crown Lift Trucks factory dealer, sales, after-sales, service, and training center. Then it was time to pack up and get ready to fly to our next city, Philadelphia.
In Philadelphia, PA, the delegation arrived on Saturday and was able to spend the rest of the weekend resting and visiting the area. On Monday, the week started with a visit to PhilaPort for a tour of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market and Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. The afternoon was spent meeting with BDP International. On Tuesday, it was time again to check out of the hotel and head over to Waynesboro, PA for a meeting at Johnson Controls. The group ended the day checking into their new hotel in Hagerstown, MD.
In Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, the delegation checked out of their hotels and boarded the bus for the drive to Baltimore, MD and a meeting with Evapco. The delegation had an afternoon meeting with MCT Logistics and then they headed to their final destination of the RTM in the Washington, DC area.
In Washington, DC on Thursday morning, the delegation started off with a short walk through a Whole Food grocery store to see how cold storage is used in a retail environment. Then they had a meeting with International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration, followed by a tour and product demonstration at the Jamison Door Company. On Friday, the delegation headed back to Baltimore for a meeting at Baltimore Aircoil in the morning and Alliance Material Handling in the afternoon. The delegation then got to relax and enjoy all that Washington, DC had to offer over the weekend. On Monday, the delegation finally had the chance to go and meet with the sponsor, USTDA. The day started with a nice meet and greet with senior USTDA leadership, followed by the Business Briefing. The delegation was able to share project ideas with U.S. companies and engage in private one-on-one networking sessions to talk business. The final full day of the program started with a meeting with the AgTransportation Coalition and concluded with a meeting with the American Frozen Food Institute. On Wednesday morning, the delegation had an early morning flight back to China, and we all said goodbye to one another.
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