CAIRO – 27 May 2018: Bahraini Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning lifted the importing ban of Egyptian fresh Guava starting from the next export session of 2018/2019, in accordance with the requirements agreed upon between the agricultural quarantine authorities in both countries.
In April, Head of the Agriculture Export Council Abdel Hamid el-Demerdash said that Saudi Arabia is expected to lift its ban on Egyptian fresh guava in two-months.
He expected the ban to be lifted by the end of May, saying that negotiations are underway with Saudi Arabia over the issue.
Demerdash said that inspection of shipments will be intensified in the coming period so as not to face the same crisis.
Saudi Arabia received the last shipment of Egyptian fresh guava in January 2018, after which it banned importing guava from Egypt because some of the shipments contained high pesticide residues.
The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) lifted the ban on imports of Egyptian strawberries and peppers to Saudi Arabia on April 4.
Egypt’s pepper and strawberry exports to the kingdom in the first nine months of the export season (September 2016-August 2017) stood at 15,000 tons and 39,000 tons, respectively.
Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Jordan have recently lifted their bans on imports of Egyptian lettuce, guava, onions, pepper and potatoes, which were suspended because of their high pesticide residues.
Egypt’s exports of agricultural products increased three percent in 2017 to reach $2.2 billion, compared to $2.1 billion in 2016.