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U.S. companies travel to EgyptU.S. companies travel to Egypt

Trade mission is opportunity to learn about local markets.

April 18, 2017

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Leaders from 23 U.S. agribusinesses and agricultural trade organizations explored opportunities to increase their food and agricultural exports to the Middle East and North Africa during a trade mission to Cairo, Egypt, earlier this month.

The Middle East/North Africa region offers market potential for U.S. exporters. Last year, Egypt, Algeria and Jordan imported nearly $1.36 billion in food and agricultural products from the United States.

Top imports included:

  • Egypt: corn, soybeans and beef

  • Algeria: corn, wheat and tree nuts (primarily almonds)

  • Jordan: rice, wheat and tree nuts (primarily almonds)

“Often, individuals and companies interested in exporting don’t know where to start or how to enter a particular market,” said Mark Slupek, deputy administrator of the Office of Trade Programs for USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. “Trade missions offer a unique opportunity for them to learn first-hand about local market conditions, to meet one-on-one with potential customers, and to promote high-quality, U.S. produced food and farm products to the world.”

The delegation that traveled to Cairo represented a range of U.S. products, from bulk commodities, lumber and farm equipment, to spices and specialty food ingredients. 

Participating U.S. organizations and companies:

  • 7 Seas Group USA, Plano, Texas

  • Al Khayrat International USA Inc., Piscataway, N.J.

  • American Commodity & Shipping, Inc., Vienna, Va.

  • American International Agricultural Group, Fairfax, Va.

  • American Kadi Export, LLC, Westlake Village, Calif.

  • Commercial Creamery Co., Spokane, Wash.

  • Commercial Lynks, Inc., Alexandria, Va.

  • Flavor Consultants, Inc., Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Fornazor International, Hillsdale, N.J.

  • Golden Valley Seed, El Centro, Calif.

  • JM Grains, Garrison, N.D.

  • Keese International, LLC, Brady, Texas

  • Living Waters, Inc., Largo, Md.

  • Mayro Trading Company, Decatur, Ga.

  • Nour Trading Corp, Brooklyn, N.Y.

  • Now Health Group/Now International, Bloomingdale, Ill.

  • Pristina Capital Partners, Midland Park, N.J.

  • Reliance Agro, Missouri, Texas

  • Spices USA, Inc., Hialelah, Fla.

  • That Crazy Bee Guy, Springfield, Ohio

  • U.S. Rice Producers Association, Houston, Texas

  • U.S. Soybean Export Council, Chesterfield, Mo.

  • Zafi Beverages & Agriculture Technologies, Inc., Wood Dale, Ill.

Source: USDA Foreign Ag Service

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