CAIRO - 4 August 2020: The food exports council has underlined an increase during the first half of the current year by 2.2 percent.
Food exports amounted to some $1.8 billion, said head of the council Hany Barzi in a statement Tuesday.
Despite exceptional circumstances due to coronavirus, food exports could make up 14 percent of Egypt’s total exports of non-petroleum products during the first half of 2020, Barzi made it clear.
Foodstuffs came third in the list of Egyptian exports during this period, he noted.
June exports alone stood at about $337 million, recording a 39-percent rise on the same month last year, Barzi further said.
Arab countries topped the list of Egyptian food importers at 983 million dollars – which is 55 percent of the total value, he added.
EU countries came second with food imports worth 257 million dollars – which is 11 percent of the total value, Barzi said.
Coming third was the US with 5 percent of the food exports worth 88 million dollars, he noted.
Barzi added that food imports of other world groups totalled 268 million dollars, making up 15 percent of the total value.