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Business Recorder: Egypt aims to reverse bans on agricultural exports

Egyptian crops from strawberries to peppers have been hit by temporary bans in Saudi Arabia and the UAE & Sudan on concerns over pesticides residues.
09.08.17 | Interesting article at Business Recorder

Egypt is looking to reverse a series of bans on its agricultural products that has hit one of its most promising export sectors, Abdel Hamid al-Demerdash, the head of Egypt's Agriculture Export Council told Reuters.

Egyptian crops from strawberries to peppers have been hit by temporary bans in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on concerns over pesticides residues. Sudan introduced a blanket ban in May on agricultural products from Egypt.

Agricultural exports were expected to increase significantly this year after Egypt floated its pound currency in November, roughly halving its value and making goods relatively cheap for foreign buyers.

But Demerdash put sales from the export season, which is set to end this month, at about $2.1 billion, down from $2.2 billion last year. Egypt's agricultural export season runs from September through August.

Arab countries have requested that Egypt establish a "whitelist" of approved exporters who can guarantee the safety of their products, said Demerdash, whose council is working with the government to set it up.

"There is going to be an official Egyptian delegation visiting the countries which have banned the goods. We hope that these countries return to importing from Egypt before the beginning of the new export season," said Demerdash, who represents about 1200 Egyptian agricultural exporters.