Sun, 30 May 2021 - 10:39 GMT
CAIRO – 30 May 2021: The Ministry of Agriculture released Sunday a report indicating that the amount of agricultural exports between January 1 and May 26 recorded 3.3 million tons higher by 250,000 tons compared to the same period in 2020.
Top exports included potato, onion, strawberry, pomegranate, sweet potato, green beans, beetroots, guava, bell pepper, mango, garlic, and grapes entering 160 markets. Further, 8,500 tons of peach and 6,500 tons of watermelon were exported to the United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, Romania, Poland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Libya, and Iraq.
The report noted that exports of peach to markets setting very high standards are rising.
Egypt’s non-oil exports increased 11 percent during the first four months of 2021, reaching $9.8 billion, compared to about $8.85 billion during the same period of 2020, according to Minister of Trade and Industry, Nevine Gamea.
Gamea indicated, in a statement, Wednesday, that this increase occurred in spite of the current circumstances related to the coronavirus crisis, that the whole world suffers from, thanks to the efforts made by the government to support the productive and export sectors during the crisis, which contributed to the continued rotation of the wheel of production and the preservation of export markets.
The minister said that Egyptian imports also experienced a slight increase by 5 percent, reaching $23.13 billion, compared to $21.97 billion during the same period last year.
For his part, Ismail Gaber, Chairman of the General Organization for Export and Import Control, said that the largest sectors on the list of Egyptian exports during the first four months of 2021 included the medical industries sector with a value of $236 million, compared to $148 million during the same period last year, marking an increase of 60 percent.
"The handicraft sector rose to reach $93 million, compared to $61 million, with an increase of 53 percent, the engineering industries sector marked a value of $969 million, compared to $655 million, with an increase of 48 percent,” he stated, adding that the leather and shoe industry recorded a value of $28 million, compared to $20 million.
The head of the General Organization for Export and Import Control added that there are five countries whose markets account for 30.1 percent of total Egyptian exports, including the United States of America with a value of $676 million, Turkey with a value of $651 million, Saudi Arabia with a value of $633 million, Italy with a value of $586 million, and Malta with a value of $406 million.
On the most important exporting countries to the Egyptian market, Gaber pointed out that there are five countries that accounted for 41.2 percent of the total Egyptian imports, including China with a value of $4.1 billion, the United States with a value of $2.98 billion, Germany with a value of $1.34 billion, and the Russian Federation with a value of $1.12 billion, and Italy with $877 million.