Ever since Brazil approved imports of Egyptian garlic, the African nation -one of the biggest garlic producing countries in the world- became one of its premier suppliers of the product.
Egypt became one of the leading suppliers of garlic to Brazil ever since the latter gave the green light to imports in June 2019. By August, sales had begun, having amounted to USD 2.3 million during the year. In the first eight months of this year, sales came out to USD 5 million, according to Brazil’s Secretariat of Foreign Trade.
Egypt became the fifth biggest supplier of garlic to Brazil, trailing only traditional purveyors such as Argentina, China, Spain and Chile. Some months saw Egypt rank second and third.
In an interview with ANBA, the director-general for Commercial Agreements at the Agreements and Foreign Trade division of Egypt’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, Michael Gamal Kaddes, said his country is the fourth biggest garlic producing country in the world at 280,000 tons per year, following China, India and Bangladesh.
“The Brazilian market is an important market to Egypt as it is a huge market and has a great potential for Egyptian exports in general and garlic in particular, and as there are joint efforts and a strong desire among the business communities of the two countries to achieve growth in economic relations, which has actually started since the implementation of the free trade agreement between the two countries from 2017 until today,” Kaddes told ANBA.
Kaddes expects garlic sales to Brazil to double during the upcoming season. “There are great export opportunities for Egyptian garlic in the Brazilian market and we expect the value of garlic exports to double over the next season,” he wrote.