Tue, 06 Jul 2021 - 02:19 GMT
Food contraband intercepted at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, VA on March 14, 2001 is held for disposal at the airport- CC via Flickr/ U.S. Department of Agriculture
CAIRO – 6 July 2021: Egypt’s food industry exports to the United States of America increased during the first quarter of 2021 by 23 percent, on an annual basis.
The monthly report issued by the Export Council for Food Industries showed that the sector's exports to the United States recorded about $48 million during the period from January to the end of March, compared to $39 million during the same period of 2020.
Around 10 commodities accounted for 80 percent of food exports to the United States during the first quarter of this year, "seeds and oil fruits" came at the top of the list, which accounted for 17 percent of the total exported goods, with a value of $8 million, followed by "frozen vegetables", which accounted for $8 million. 11 percent of total exports, valued at $5 million.
It was followed by "vegetable preparations", and "molasses" with about 10 percent each, at a value of $ 5 million each.
Exports of "pickled and processed olives" accounted for about 6 percent of the total exports of food commodities to the United States, with a value of $3 million, and the same percentage and value of "frozen strawberries" and "salt" exports.
Also, "juices" exports accounted for 5 percent, with a value of $2 million, and exports of "albumin materials" accounted for about 4 percent, with a value of $2 million.
The Egyptian food industry exports to the United States of America represent 5 percent of the food industry exports during 2020, reaching about $181 million, compared to $202 million in 2019, a decline of 11 percent.