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Common Agricultural Trade Abbreviations

Common Abbreviations used in agricultural trade:


AI                     Avian Influenza

AMP                  Agricultural Marketing Plan

APHIS               Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

AQSIQ              Chinese Inspection and Quarantine Bureau

ASEAN              Association of Southeast Asian Nations

ATO                  Agricultural Trade Office

CDC                 Center for Disease Control and Prevention

CIF                   Cost, Insurance, Freight

CIQ                  Chinese Inspection and Quarantine Bureau

Cooperator      US Agricultural Producer Association

CTR                  Consumption Tax Rate           

EUSAFEC          Eastern United States Agriculture and Food Export Council Corp.

FAS                  Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA)

FDI                   Foreign Direct Investment

FOB                  Freight on Board

FMD                  Foot and Mouth Disease

FMD                  Foreign Market Development Program

GATT                 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

GBI                   Global Based Initiative

GDP                  Gross Domestic Product

GNP                  Gross National Product

HRI                   Hotel, Restaurant, Institutional

HS                    Harmonized System (product classification system for customs tariffs)

ICI                    Informal Commercial Importer

IPR                   Intellectual Property Rights

ITR                   Import Tax Rate

KG                    Kilograms

KM                    Kilometers

MIATCO            Mid-American International Agri-trade Council

MT                    Metric tons

OAA                  Office of Agricultural Affairs

SKU                  Stock-keeping Unit

UES                  United Export Strategy                                              

US                    United States of America

USDA                United States Department of Agriculture

USDOC             United States Department of Commerce

SUSTA              Southern United States Trade Association

SWOT               Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats             

VAT                   Value Added Tax

WTO                 World Trade Organization

WUSATA           Western United States Agricultural Trade Association

YRD                   Yangtze River Delta


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