Export US poultry gains market access in Marocco

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Friday, August 10, 2018
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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced earlier this week that the government of Morocco has agreed to allow commercial imports of U.S. poultry meat and products into Morocco for the first time.

“The Trump Administration continues to prioritize the opening of new markets for U.S. agricultural products. This new access to the Moroccan market is an important step in ensuring that American farmers and ranchers can continue to expand their exports,” said Ambassador Lighthizer.

“Opening new markets for American poultry and other agricultural products is a top priority,” said Secretary Perdue. “The products that will be imported into Morocco are safe, wholesome, and very delicious. This is also a good harbinger of the kind of relationship that can be developed.”

The United States is the world’s second largest poultry exporter, with global sales of poultry meat and products of $4.3 bn. last year. In May 2018, U.S. exports of agricultural products exceeded $12 bn. Initial estimates indicate that Morocco would be a $10 mill. market, with additional growth over time. Morocco had prohibited imports of U.S. poultry. Officials from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture worked with the Moroccan government to provide assurances on the safety of U.S. poultry.

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