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Iraq Lifts Ban on Poultry Imports from Arkansas

18 December 2013
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

IRAQ - Sustained advocacy by USDA staff resulted in Iraq’s Ministry of Agriculture lifting the ban on imports of poultry from Arkansas. The Council of Ministers (COM) issued the ban on 30 July 2013 in response to a reported case of Pathogenic Avian Flu in that state.

On 16 September 2013, the Government of Iraq’s (GOI) Council of Ministers (COM) lifted the ban on poultry imports from the state of Arkansas.

FAS Baghdad and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regional office in Cairo, Egypt, successfully advocated with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and COM to lift the ban, which was negatively impacting US exports of poultry to Iraq.

The ban was implemented in July 2013 in response to the reported case of pathogenic Avian Flu in the state of Arkansas.

USDA’s efforts, resulting in the ban being lifted, are encouraging exporters to do business with Iraq, as is evidenced by the increase in US poultry exports, up 31 per cent in January 2013 – September 2013, from the same period in 2012.

Post anticipates that the poultry industry will see an annual growth rate of 25 per cent over the next two years, benefitting US producers and exporters in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Alabama, and Georgia.

Feedback from importers indicates that the United States will continue to be a preferred provider for poultry leg quarters since US products are price competitive compared with those of competing suppliers.

FAS is working to address reports from US companies which continue to face challenges clearing Arkansas poultry through Iraqi customs, part of a pattern in which central government trade policy directives are not implemented promptly or by all GOI agencies.

FAS is working to address reports from US companies which continue to face challenges clearing Arkansas poultry through Iraqi customs, part of a pattern in which central government trade policy directives are not implemented promptly or by all GOI agencies.

US poultry meat exports to Iraq in fiscal year (FY) 2013, October 2012-September 2013, reached a record level of $104.8 million, ranking Iraq as the tenth largest export market for US poultry meat.

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