U.S. Poultry Gets New Market Access in Morocco

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the government of Morocco has agreed to allow commercial imports of U.S. meat and poultry for the first time. Lighthizer says opening new markets is a continuing priority for the Trump Administration. “This new access to the Moroccan market is an important step in ensuring that American farmers can continue to expand their exports,” says Lighthizer. Perdue says expanding exports is a top priority for USDA. “I’m convinced that when the Moroccan people get a taste of American poultry, they’re going to want more of it,” Perdue says. “We hope there are other things we can cooperate on as USDA continues to expand market access around the globe.” The U.S. is the world’s second-largest poultry exporter, with global sales of poultry meat and products at $4.3 billion in 2017. Initial estimates show that Morocco will be a $10 million market, but there will be room for additional growth.