Gov. Butch Otter said his recent trade mission to Russia yielded business opportunities for several Idaho businesses.
Representatives from 17 Idaho companies traveled with Otter on his nine-day trade mission to Russia in November. The group split time between Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Idaho exported $21 million worth of goods to Russia in 2012, up 17 percent from 2011. In a prepared statement, Otter said deals were struck on the trip that will bolster Idaho exports.
"The overwhelming interest we received verifies the tremendous opportunities in Russia for future sales expansion for Idaho companies," Otter said.
The statement listed several success stories, including:
ÆHeyburn potato manufacturer Double L, which expects to sell a piece of equipment by year end valued at $145,000 and will deliver quotes worth a total of $1.8 million in sales to a trade partner met on the mission.
ÆRexburg's NEU Seed sold 12 containers of seed potatoes and expects to sell more.
ÆSugar City's Logan Farm Equipment estimates its exports to Russia will increase by 75 percent, which would make exports 25 percent of its annual sales.