The US Department of Agriculture announced market access for the Egyptian government to export strawberries to the US.
US Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson announced the Department’s approval last Thursday, according to a statement she made on the website of the Egyptian Embassy in The United States.
“We are committed to continuing to work with the Egyptian authorities to increase market opportunities for Egyptian exports,” said Patterson.
“Increasing trade between our two countries is a key component of boosting employment and economic growth in Egypt,” she added.
The US is Egypt’s second largest global commercial partner after the European Union (EU). It is considered a primary importer of strawberries.
Commercial exchange between the two countries reached $8.5bn in 2011.
Egypt, the fourth largest producer of strawberries in the world, produced 240,000 tonnes of strawberries in 2010. The US Embassy valued strawberry production at $330m a year.
Granting Egypt access to the American market is “a testament to the high quality of Egyptian strawberry exports”, a statement read on the Egyptian Embassy’s website