The United States exported more than $1.6 billion of food and agricultural products to Egypt in fiscal year 2013, led by wheat, soybeans, soybean meal, and beef and beef products. U.S. dairy exports to Egypt reached a record $123.2 million in 2013. Long-term prospects remain good, but the country’s economic situation is negatively affecting short-term growth.
Barriers to the entry of U.S. food and agricultural products are often significant, particularly for those of animal origin. Best prospects for U.S. exporters beyond the bulk commodities are dairy products, edible fish and seafood. Political and economic uncertainty has dampened Egyptian demand for U.S. consumer-oriented products, at least in the short term.
The FAS regional office in Cairo covers Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, as well as Egypt.