The United States exported nearly $1.9 billion of food and agricultural products to Egypt in fiscal year 2014. Top products included corn, soybeans, beef, and dairy. In fact, U.S. dairy exports to Egypt reached a record $149 million in 2014, up more than 17 percent from the previous record, set in 2013. Long-term prospects in Egypt 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.