Angola is already one of the biggest importers of poultry from the U.S., but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hopes to be able to increase its export opportunities to the African nation with an upcoming trade mission.
USDA Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small will lead the first-ever U.S. agribusiness trade mission to Luanda, Angola, which will take place from November 28 to December 1.
“When it comes to trade opportunity, Sub-Saharan Africa is both promising and often over-looked, and the USDA trade mission to Angola presents an incredible prospect for U.S. food and agriculture exporters to expand and explore new business opportunities,” said Torres Small. “Angola is one of the largest markets in Africa, and with imports making up more than half of its food market, Angola is a perfect location for U.S. exporters to introduce more American-made products to African consumers.”
With a population of nearly 36 million people, many of whom are middle- and high-income consumers, Angola is looking for high-quality imported products.
According to the USDA, U.S. Food and agriculture exports to Angola totaled $236.8 million in 2022, making it the seventh largest African market for U.S. exporters.
However, most of those U.S. exports involve poultry. During the past year, Angola imported more than $232 million worth of poultry, making it the largest market for U.S. poultry in Africa and the sixth largest in the world. It had earlier ranked even higher. In 2018, Angola emerged as the third largest importer of chicken from the United States.
Torres Small says Angola presents strong opportunities, not only for poultry, but also pulses and dry beans, wheat, beef, pork, sauces, condiments, alcoholic beverages and rice, soy and vegetable oils.
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is now accepting applications from U.S. exporters who wish to participate in this trade mission.
The deadline to apply for the Angola trade mission is Friday, August 25. The application form is available online. To learn more about this and other USDA agribusiness trade missions, visit fas.usda.gov/topics/trade-missions.