U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Aug. 7 that the government of Morocco has agreed to allow commercial imports of U.S. poultry and poultry-based meat products for the first time. To qualify for export to Morocco, poultry products must meet the processing requirements outlined in the World Organization for Animal Health Terrestrial Animal Health Code for the inactivation of Newcastle Disease and the Avian Influenza viruses in meat if originating from birds from ineligible zones. Furthermore, subject merchandise must comply with certain additional labeling, documentation, and other requirements.
According to Lighthizer, “this new access to the Moroccan market is an important step in ensuring that American farmers and ranchers can continue to expand their exports.” Secretary Perdue added that this action by Morocco “is also a good harbinger of the kind of relationship that can be developed.” The U.S. is the world’s second largest poultry exporter, with global sales of poultry meat and products of $4.3 billion last year.
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