The governments of Tunisia and the United States have finalized U.S. export certificates to allow imports of U.S. poultry, egg and beef products into Tunisia. This announcement, made on April 17 by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, follows meetings between officials representing both countries, in which the safety and wholesomeness of U.S. beef, poultry, and egg products were discussed.
“President (Donald) Trump continues to prioritize the opening of new markets for U.S. agricultural products, and we welcome Tunisia’s agreement to begin imports of U.S. beef, poultry, and egg products,” said 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 U.S. agricultural products.”
“I'm convinced that when the Tunisians get a taste of U.S. beef, poultry, and eggs, they're going to want more. These products coming into Tunisia are safe, wholesome, and very delicious,” said 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 U.S. grains and oilseeds, I have no doubt that U.S. beef, poultry, and eggs will only help increase competitiveness and consumer choice within Tunisia.”
In 2018, U.S. exports of agricultural products to Tunisia exceeded $264 million. Over 90 percent of exports were corn, soybeans, or corn and soy products. Initial estimates are that Tunisia would import annually $5-10 million of beef, poultry, and egg products from the United States, with additional growth over time.
More details on requirements for exporting to Tunisia are available from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Export Library.