Jumpstart Your Product Export Sales to the Middle East - UAE
The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) with its large population, large influx of tourists and business-people coupled with its vibrant re-export activities makes it a vital market for food products. Economic friendly regulations, low duties, and extensive free trade zones throughout the country have enabled the U.A.E. to become one of the world’s leading re-export hubs. The U.A.E. is the major regional trade hub for the Middle East and North Africa due to a favorable geographic location and modern infrastructure.
Efficient infrastructure (sea, land and air ports), large free trade zones and a strong business orientation make Dubai an important commercial center in the Middle East. Dubai derives sizable revenue from the re-export business and invests heavily in infrastructure, while luring foreign investment and buyers.
The market is highly
competitive but there is great potential for U.S. export growth in this segment, including in dairy products, prepared food, fresh fruit, poultry, tree nuts, and beef products.
The advantages for U.S. exporters of consumer ready food products to the region are numerous. They include a high quality image of U.S. products, high regional per capita incomes, and a broad familiarity with U.S. culture. There are also consistently
low tariffs and relatively transparent import procedures.
U.S. Food & Agricultural Product Imports to United Arab Emirates (UAE), By the Numbers
U.S. Consumer-Oriented Foods - US$734.4 million (2020)
U.S. Processed Foods - US$338.6 million (2020)
Products of Interest
Top U.S. products in demand:
Food Preparations & Ingredients
Processed/Prepared Dairy Products
Condiments, Sauces Jams & Jellies
Chocolate & Confectionery
Processed Vegetables & Pulses
Focused Trade Mission Services Provided
One-on-one meetings with qualified buyers
Pre-event custom product research including market overview, importation and distribution analysis
Market briefing by local USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service
Retail store tour
Translation of up to two pages of materials into Arabic
Table top showcase and trade reception
Inclusion in Trade Mission brochure containing your company profile, contact details and product lines
On-site assistance by Food Export's In-Market Representative
Our educational webinars provide up-to-date exporter intelligence regarding specific markets, logistics, trade financing, documentation, how to meet and follow-up with international buyers, and much more.
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