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