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U.S. beef bound for Morocco

Initial estimates indicate that Morocco would be an $80 million market for U.S. beef and beef products.

The government of Morocco has agreed to allow imports of U.S. beef and beef products into Morocco. 2018 is the first year that U.S. beef and poultry exporters have access to Morocco’s market under the terms of the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement. Morocco opened its market to U.S. poultry in August 2018.

“President Trump continues to prioritize the opening of new markets for U.S. agricultural products,” said U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer. “New access to the Moroccan market for beef and beef products is an important step in ensuring that American farmers and ranchers can continue to expand their exports of U.S. agricultural products. I welcome Morocco’s agreement to allow imports of U.S. beef and look forward to growing our shipments to Morocco.” 

“Finding new markets for American agricultural products has been a priority for the Trump Administration from day one, and the opening of the Moroccan market is good news for our producers,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.  “American beef is the best in the world, and once Moroccans get a taste of it, they’ll surely want more.”

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 billion.  As of November 2018, U.S. exports of agricultural products to Morocco exceeded $512 million.  Initial estimates indicate that Morocco would be an $80 million market for U.S. beef and beef products.  Morocco had prohibited imports of U.S. beef. 

More details on requirements for exporting to Morocco are available from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Export Library at:  https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products/export-library-requirements-by-country/Morocco

Source: USDA

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