About Us


USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has an unrivaled global network, of more than 90 Offices of Agricultural Affairs (OAA) and Agricultural Trade Offices (ATO), that connects exporters to foreign customers and provides crucial information on international agricultural markets.

Covering 167 countries, FAS staff identify problems, provide practical solutions, and work to advance opportunities for U.S. agriculture and support U.S. foreign policy around the globe.

In Russia FAS operates OAA and ATO offices in Moscow and two ATO branches in St. Petersburg and Vladivostok. OAA is responsible for trade policy and commodity analysis, and assists with market access and technical phytosanitary issues for all of Russia. Agricultural Trade Office and its branches were created with the sole purpose of focusing on agricultural marketing efforts.

These offices provide support, assistance, and oversight to USDA cooperators, work directly with U.S. companies to help them gain the knowledge and contacts needed to begin exporting to Russia, and prepare and disseminate reports about Russia’s agricultural market. The offices coordinate U.S. participation in various trade shows, sponsor marketing activities to introduce companies handling U.S. products to key retailers, food service and food processing companies throughout Russia, and provide guidance in the resolution of customs clearance issues.