Egypt Exporter Guide 2020

Report Highlights:
Egypt’s Hotel-Restaurant-Institutional (HRI) sector in 2019 generated $13 billion in revenues, an 11.5 percent increase from 2018. The country's HRI sector in 2020 took a major hit with the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The outbreak led to the complete suspension of tourism from March through June (100-days). Tourism revenue losses have been $1 billion per month. Egypt quickly put in place fiscal, legal, and health measures to counter the negative economic impact of COVID-19. These helped - backed by a successful economic reforms program implemented in 2016 – to sustain a positive growth rate, the IMF and the Egyptian ministry of finance forecast the country’s growth rate to reach between 3.5 and 3.8 percent in 2020.

In 2019, Egypt imported some $2.9 billion worth of consumer-oriented products. This was a 16 percent increase over the 2018 imports value of $2.5 billion. The United States was the fifth largest exporter to Egypt with approximately $173 million in exports accounting for roughly 6 percent market share. However, U.S.-origin food exports to Egypt continue to face competition from European, Middle Eastern, and increasingly African-origin exports.

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