USA, Washington. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the government of Tunisia and the United States have finalized US export certificates to allow imports of US beef, poultry, and egg products into Tunisia. This announcement follows meetings between US and Tunisian officials on the safety and wholesomeness of US beef, poultry, and egg products.
“New access to the Tunisian market is an important step in ensuring that American farmers and ranchers can continue to expand their exports of U.S. agricultural products,” said Ambassador Lighthizer.
Secretary Perdue commented: “USDA remains committed to opening up new markets across the globe. While we continue to supply Tunisia’s domestic animal proteins sector with quality US grains and oilseeds, I have no doubt that US beef, poultry, and eggs will only help increase competitiveness and consumer choice within Tunisia.”
In 2018, US exports of agricultural products to Tunisia exceeded $264 mill. Over 90% of exports were corn, soybeans, or corn and soy products. Initial estimates are that Tunisia would import annually $ 5-10 mill. of beef, poultry, and egg products from the United States, with additional growth over time.
The North American Meat Institute applauds the successful efforts to open the Tunisian market to US beef and poultry exports. The agreement reached between the US and Tunisia affirms the safety and wholesomeness of US beef and poultry products, provides important growth potential for those product exports and adheres to international trade standards.