The beef shipments are part of the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement. In August, Morocco accepted its first U.S. poultry shipments under the agreement.
“Finding new markets for American agricultural products has been a priority for the Trump administration from day one, and the opening of the Moroccan market is good news for our producers,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the United States in 2017 was the world’s third largest beef exporter, with global sales of beef and beef products valued at $7.3 billion.
As of November, 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, USDA said. Before the free trade agreement, Morocco prohibited imports of U.S. beef.
U.S. and Moroccan governments recently met to develop a health certificate and the terms for importing both U.S. high-quality and standard quality beef into Morocco.