Business leaders who traveled with Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on his recent trade mission to China say the trip was a success.
KIVI-TV reports that business leaders say they will likely see a lasting impact as a result of the trade meetings.
Otter and representatives of the state's milk, potato, wheat and hay industries visited Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou between Oct. 28 and Nov. 5 to promote trade between the cities.
Otter says personal relationships are important to business deals in China, meaning the trip was invaluable for future deals.
Idaho's exports to China totaled $560 million in 2015 — an increase of more than 16 percent from 2014 that makes China the second-largest export market for Idaho.