Morocco opened for U.S. poultry; U.S. pork returns to Argentina
The United States reached an agreement with Morocco that would allow U.S. poultry to be exported to the north African country and an agreement with Argentina to accept U.S. pork into the South American nation.
On Aug. 7, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the government of Morocco has agreed to allow commercial imports of U.S. poultry meat and products into Morocco for the first time.
The United States is the world’s second largest poultry exporter and Georgia is the U.S.’ top-producing poultry state. According to the USDA, initial estimates indicate that Morocco would be a $10 million market, with additional growth over time. Morocco had prohibited imports 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: http://bit.ly/Moroccopoultry.
On July 30 Perdue celebrated the reintroduction of American pork products to the Argentine market after more than 20 years by slicing a 10-pound honey-baked ham.
The return of U.S. pork products to Argentina was sealed during Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Buenos Aires. Technical staff from the USDA and the office of the U.S. Trade Representative have been working with Argentina on the terms of the agreement that are practical, science-based and consistent with relevant international animal health standards.