US Beef, Poultry and Egg Products Gain New Market Access in Tunisia

TUNISIA - US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the government of Tunisia and the United States have finalized US export certificates to allow imports of US beef, poultry, and egg products into Tunisia.
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This announcement follows meetings between US and Tunisian officials on the safety and wholesomeness of US beef, poultry, and egg products.

"President Trump continues to prioritise the opening of new markets for US agricultural products, and we welcome Tunisia’s agreement to begin imports of US beef, poultry, and egg products," said Ambassador Lighthizer.

"New access to the Tunisian market is an important step in ensuring that American farmers and ranchers can continue to expand their exports of US agricultural products."

"I'm convinced that when the Tunisians get a taste of US beef, poultry, and eggs, they're going to want more. These products coming into Tunisia are safe, wholesome, and very delicious," said Secretary Perdue.

"At the direction of President Trump, USDA remains committed to opening up new markets across the globe.

"While we continue to supply Tunisia’s domestic animal proteins sector with quality US grains and oilseeds, I have no doubt that US beef, poultry, and eggs will only help increase competitiveness and consumer choice within Tunisia."

In 2018, US exports of agricultural products to Tunisia exceeded $264 million. Over 90 percent of exports were corn, soybeans, or corn and soy products.

Initial estimates are that Tunisia would import annually $5-10 million of beef, poultry, and egg products from the United States, with additional growth over time.

More details on requirements for exporting to Tunisia are available from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Export Library.

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