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Monday 12th March 2018, 14:49 London

Saudis to revoke ban on Egyptian produce

Announcement of resumption of strawberry and pepper exports due to be made within days

Saudis to revoke ban on Egyptian produce

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Saudi Arabia is set to revoke its ban on imports of Egyptian strawberries and peppers, according to reports in the Egyptian press.

Egypt’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture Safwat al-Haddad said the announcement that the ban would be lifted would be made “within days” following meetings between officials from the two countries.

Saudi Arabia imposed the ban on a number of Egyptian crops, including strawberries, peppers and guava last year after a high proportion of imports were found to contain pesticide residue levels that exceeded international safety standards.

Since then, Egypt has tightened up its export controls following a major review of safety standards.

Arab markets account for more than 45 per cent of Egyptian agricultural exports.

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