Egypt opens market for Brazilian dairy products

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The Minister Tereza Cristina (Agriculture, Livestock and Supply) announced on Saturday (14) the opening of the Egyptian market for Brazilian dairy products. Expected since 2016, the entry of products from Brazil could reach a market of 100 million consumers.

“This is great news that we expected. The negotiations were very fast and from next month Brazil is ready to export dairy products to Egypt. Another victory of opening markets from Brazil to the Arab countries ”, celebrated the minister, who started last week a mission to the Middle East, seeking to strengthen the commercial partnership and opening of the market for Brazilian agricultural products.

Exports of dairy products from Brazil to Egypt had been suspended since 2015, and since 2016 there was a request for Egypt to approve the International Health Certificate, which is the first prerequisite for this type of export. Negotiations were intensified two weeks ago.

“This new market is for 100 million consumers in addition to neighboring countries, as Egypt has several free trade agreements. We will have as competitors the producers from the European Union and New Zealand, who already have this market consolidated, but either way is an opportunity for Brazil to gain competitiveness and have a new market for its products ”, explained the Brazilian agricultural attaché in Egypt, Cesar Teles. The business potential with the opening is about $ 8 billion.

Egypt is the first of four countries to be visited by Minister Tereza Cristina on the Middle East mission. Until September 23, the entourage will still pass through Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.


On the occasion, the minister also announced that the countries had begun negotiations for an agreement between Embrapa and Egypt's research center. "We will sign an agreement with Embrapa and we also receive many requests for studies of infrastructure investments in Brazil, especially in the area of ​​ports." Tereza Cristina said she will forward the requests to her colleague Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas, Minister of Infrastructure, when he returns to Brazil.

The meetings in Cairo discussed the reduction of export tariffs and the standardization of health certificates. On Sunday (15), the last day in Egypt, the minister attended a seminar at the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce, where she defended the diversification of the agricultural trade agenda between Brazil and Egypt and highlighted the growth of Brazilian agriculture with sustainability.

Tereza Cristina met with Minister of Agriculture and Land Recovery, Ezz el-Din Abu Steit. They dealt with the process of importing Egyptian grapes and garlic and sending sheep and goats to Egypt, which will benefit breeders from the Brazilian Northeast.

In the last appointment, the minister met with the secretary general of the League of Arab States, Ambassador Ahmed Abdoul Gheit, at the headquarters of the organization. At the meeting, she assessed that Brazil has a promising path with the Arab countries. The minister and the ambassador also discussed infrastructure and logistics projects for food security.

In 2018, Brazil's agricultural exports to 22 Arab countries and members of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, totaling 55 nations, totaled US $ 16.13 billion, representing 19% of total foreign sales of Brazilian agro, a percentage higher than which was exported to the European Union (16%). The best selling products were sugar , meat, corn, soy and coffee.

It is estimated that agricultural trade between Brazil and the Arab world could grow to reach US $ 895 million. Prospective products are soy (bran and beans), green coffee, sugar and unmanufactured smoke.