Enterprise Television – USTR, USDA: Morocco Agrees to Accept U.S. Poultry
The U.S. Trade Representative’s office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Morocco has agreed to accept imports of American poultry products for the first time, estimating initial annual shipments at about $10 million.
This reverses Morocco’s previous ban on U.S. poultry that was based on food safety concerns despite a free trade agreement between the two countries.
The U.S. Trade Representative’s office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the two agencies had worked with the Moroccan government “to provide assurances on the safety of U.S. poultry.”
They estimated that Morocco would be a $10 million market for U.S. poultry initially, with additional growth over time.
The U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said, “I am convinced that when the Moroccan people get a taste of U.S. poultry, they’re going to want more of it, adding that it was a top priority for the Trump administration to open new markets for agricultural products.
Report reveals the United States is the world’s second-largest poultry exporter after Brazil, with global sales of poultry meat and products of $4.3 billion last year.
The announcement comes at a time when many U.S. farmers are feeling pressure from retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural products that have been levied by China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and other countries in response to Washington’s tariffs on steel, aluminum and $34 billion worth of Chinese goods.