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Idaho Gov. Otter departs Friday for China trade mission

Gov. Butch Otter, shown here during the 2016 legislative session, has said he draws from his background in international business working for J.R. Simplot Co. during trade missions.
Gov. Butch Otter, shown here during the 2016 legislative session, has said he draws from his background in international business working for J.R. Simplot Co. during trade missions. kjones@idahostatesman.com

Gov. Butch Otter will return to China, where a 2012 trade mission helped land business partnerships for several Idaho companies.

Otter departs Friday and will work as a go-between for Idaho companies in Beijing and Shanghai and Guangzhou before returning six days later on Nov. 5.

Otter’s party will include state officials and representatives from the Idaho potato and wheat commissions, the University of Idaho and companies including Idaho Milk Products, Glanbia Nutritionals, Melaleuca, PakSense, Standlee Premium and Western Forage.

Moscow biotech company BioTracking was one of the companies landing deals during Otter’s 2012 trade mission to Russia. The company told the Statesman after the trip that it signed a contract to sell pregnancy tests to Shanghai Bright Dairy Co. that would not have happened without the trade mission.

In recent years, Otter also has led trade missions to countries including Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, South Korea, Russia, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

The Idaho Department of Commerce organizes the trips.

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