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Morocco to allow U.S. poultry imports

U.S. is the world's second largest poultry exporter.

 Morocco has agreed to allow commercial imports of U.S. poultry meat and products into Morocco for the first time. 

“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 U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.  “I welcome Morocco’s agreement to allow imports of U.S. poultry meat and products and the economic opportunities that will be afforded to U.S. producers.” 

“Opening new markets for American poultry and other agricultural products is a top priority. I am convinced that when the Moroccan people get a taste of U.S. poultry, they're going to want more of it,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “This is also a good harbinger of the kind of relationship that can be developed. We hope there are other things we can cooperate on as USDA works to expand markets around the globe.” 

The United States is the world’s second largest poultry exporter, with global sales of poultry meat and products of $4.3 billion last year.  In May 2018, U.S. exports of agricultural products exceeded $12 billion, according to the latest available data. Initial estimates indicate that Morocco would be a $10 million 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.

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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