Iowa representatives are scheduled to go on a trade mission to China and Hong Kong to expand pork exports.

Representatives of the Department of Economic Development and Iowa's pork industry will leave this month with a goal of increasing pork exports to the region.

Department Director Bret Mills says China and Hong Kong have "enormous" potential as a trading partner for Iowa.

The trip is scheduled for Dec. 11-18. The delegation will meet with government officials, importers, food service and retail representatives to develop ties with companies and potential business partners.

The trip also includes stops in Beijing and Shanghai.

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