US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue revealed that the countries have finalized the export certificates to allow the trade.
This announcement follows meetings between US and Tunisian officials on the safety and wholesomeness of US beef, poultry, and egg products.
According to the USDA, 2018 US exports of agricultural products to Tunisia totalled more than US$264m. The majority (over 90%) of these exports were corn, soybeans, or corn and soy products. Initial estimates are that Tunisia would import annually US$5-10m of beef, poultry, and egg products from the US, with the potential to grow this amount.
“President Trump continues to prioritize the opening of new markets for US agricultural products, and we welcome Tunisia’s agreement to begin imports of US beef, poultry, and egg products,” said Ambassador Lighthizer. “New access to the Tunisian market is an important step in ensuring that American farmers and ranchers can continue to expand their exports of US agricultural products.”
“I'm convinced that when the Tunisians get a taste of US beef, poultry, and eggs, they're going to want more. These products coming into Tunisia are safe, wholesome, and very delicious,” said Secretary Perdue. “At the direction of President Trump, USDA remains committed to opening up new markets across the globe. While we continue to supply Tunisia’s domestic animal proteins sector with quality US grains and oilseeds, I have no doubt that US beef, poultry, and eggs will only help increase competitiveness and consumer choice within Tunisia.”