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Exporter of Food Industries: An initiative to support Ugandan companies to export products that have no alternative

The Export Council for Food Industries, in cooperation with the Ugandan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, launched an initiative to support Ugandan companies in exporting their products from production inputs for which there is no local Egyptian alternative, such as (butter and shea seeds - tea - coffee - avocado - pineapple) where these products are used as primary inputs for food industries And the manufacture of cosmetic products in Egypt with the aim of developing bilateral trade between the two countries, which has been accepted and appreciated by the Ugandan business community.


The council indicated in a statement today that it had dispatched a commercial mission from 14 of the council’s member companies to Uganda during the period from May 31 to June 3 in cooperation with the Commercial Representation Authority, the Egyptian Commercial Office in Uganda and the Ugandan National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as part of its efforts to develop exports. To various global markets, including African markets due to its political and economic importance.


He added that Egyptian food exports to non-Arab African countries represented 11% of the total exports, with a value of $386 million in 2020, out of the sector’s total exports for the year, which amounted to $3.5 billion.


He pointed out that the visit included a visit to the Uganda Investment Authority, to review investment opportunities in Uganda, and to answer inquiries from Egyptian companies regarding customs duties and export requirements to Uganda, as well as visiting retail markets and supermarkets of various sizes to learn about consumer tastes and study the market in terms of prices and products. Competition, and visiting wholesale markets for food products in the central market in the capital Kampala, where wholesale trade represents about 85% of the volume of food trade in Uganda through this market, which is the main source of nutrition for South Sudan, eastern Congo, Rwanda and a number of countries surrounding food products beside Uganda.


The council added that it seeks to inform Egyptian companies about distribution channels and get acquainted with the volume of consumption and consumer preferences on the ground, in addition to visiting Egyptian companies that have an actual presence in this market through administrative headquarters and logistical equipment for warehousing, distribution and customs clearance.


He noted that the delegation visited the administrative headquarters of the Cairo Bank in the capital, Kampala, to discuss financial solutions for transferring export proceeds and securing exports with the aim of supporting Egyptian exporters. In coordination with the Commercial Representation Office in Uganda, bilateral meetings were held in the presence of 100 Ugandan importers.


It is worth noting that the Egyptian food industries exports to Uganda in 2020 amounted to 18.2 million dollars, a growth rate of 16% compared to the exports of 2019, out of the total Egyptian food exports amounting to 3.2 billion dollars in 2020, and the exports of the first quarter of 2021 amounted to about 4.1 million dollars, and is the most important Exported food commodities are sugar, pasta, yeast, animal prepared foods, chocolate, processed potatoes, cereal based preparations, edible oils, mill products, tomato sauce, juices, jam, dry sweets and other products. Uganda is ranked 41 in the list of the most important Countries importing Egyptian processed foods in 2020 According to TradeMap data of the World Trade Center of the United Nations, the total imports of Uganda in 2020 in all commodities reached

$8.3 billion, and the most important exporting countries are China with $1.3 billion, India with $960 million, Kenya with $773 million, and Tanzania

With a value of 743 million dollars, the UAE with a value of 500 million dollars, and Egypt comes in the nineteenth place in the list of the most important countries exporting to Uganda in 2020.


The Council expressed its hope that the government would quickly announce the executive regulations of the Export Development Program, which includes among its programs the program to support shipping to Africa, as the high costs of shipping significantly to African countries, including Uganda, affect the flow of Egyptian exports to those markets. It also hopes to It provides direct Egyptian shipping lines to the most important African ports, which will contribute to breaking the monopoly of major shipping lines and lead to the speed and regularity of shipping Egyptian goods.