Trade US beef gains new market access in Morocco

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
2018 is the first year that US beef and poultry exporters have access to Morocco’s market under the terms of the US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
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2018 is the first year that US beef and poultry exporters have access to Morocco’s market under the terms of the US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the government of Morocco has agreed to allow imports of US beef and beef products into Morocco. 2018 is the first year that US beef and poultry exporters have access to Morocco’s market under the terms of the US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Morocco opened its market to US poultry in August, 2018.

In 2017, the United States was the world’s third largest beef exporter, with global sales of beef and beef products valued at $7.3 bn. As of November 2018, US exports of agricultural products to Morocco exceeded $512 mill. Initial estimates indicate that Morocco would be an $80 mill. market for US beef and beef products. Morocco had prohibited imports of US beef.

Under the leadership of USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Amb. Gregg Doud and the direction of US Department of Agriculture’s Ken Isley, US and Moroccan officials met to negotiate a health certificate and the terms for the import of US high quality and standard quality beef into Morocco.

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