Helps U.S. organizations provide small samples of their agricultural products to potential customers overseas.

The QSP enables potential customers around the world to discover the quality and benefits of U.S. agricultural products. The program focuses on processors and manufacturers rather than consumers, and QSP projects should benefit an entire industry or commodity rather than a specific company or product. Projects should focus on developing a new market or promoting a new use for the U.S. product.

QSP participants obtain commodity samples, export them and provide the recipient with guidance on how to use the samples. When a project is finished, USDA reimburses the participant for the costs of procuring and transporting the sample. Although all program participants are required to provide technical assistance to the recipients of their commodity samples, the costs for this assistance are not reimbursable.

Any U.S. private or government entity with an interest in exporting U.S. agricultural products may apply to the program. Each year, FAS announces the QSP application period and criteria in the Federal Register. Applicants submit QSP proposals through the Unified Export Strategy (UES) process, which allows eligible organizations to request funding from multiple USDA market development programs through a single, strategically coordinated proposal.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: May 20, 2022

Status: Closed

Note: Applications will still be accepted after the initial deadline on a rolling basis subject to program funding availability.  Log into the UES for additional information.



Federal Register Notices

Notice of Request for Revision of Currently Approved Information Collection (2020)

Withdrawal of Certain Proposed Rules by USDA (2018)

Program Notices

Notice of FY 2023 Funds Availability – QSP (

Notice of FY 2022 Funds Availability – QSP (

Notice of FY 2021 Funds Availability – QSP (

Policies & Procedures

FY 2022 Compliance Review Schedule – Market Development Programs

FY 2021 Compliance Review Schedule – Market Development Programs

FY 2020 Compliance Review Schedule – Market Development Programs

Amendment Request Template

Federal Travel Regulation and the U.S. Open Skies Agreements

List of Restricted Countries – Prohibition of U.S. Assistance and Financing

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