Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food’s Statement on Morocco’s Decision to Start Importing U.S. Beef


Contact: Jack Wilbur (801) 538-7098

Mobile: (801) 243-2801

Doug Perry (801) 808-2414


December 7, 2018


(Salt Lake City) – The USDA Announced Thursday that Morocco will start importing U.S. beef as part of the 2018 U.S. Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA).


"We are pleased with the prospect of having another export market open to Utah's cattle ranchers and beef producers” said Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food LuAnn Adams. “Last year Utah exported more than $220 million worth of beef worldwide. International trade plays a vital role in the economic sustainability of Utah's agriculture and food industry. Each new export market means more money for our friends and neighbors in the Utah beef industry."


In 2017, the United States was the world’s third largest beef exporter, with global sales of beef and beef products valued at $7.3 billion.  As of November 2018, U.S. exports of agricultural products to Morocco exceeded $512 million.  Initial estimates indicate that Morocco would be an $80 million market for U.S. beef and beef products. 


Morocco had prohibited imports of U.S. beef.  As part of the FTA, U.S. and Moroccan officials met to negotiate a health certificate and the terms for the import of U.S. high quality and standard quality beef into Morocco.


More details on requirements for exporting to Morocco will be available from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Export Library at: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products/export-library-requirements-by-country/Morocco.