US Chargé d’Affaires David Greene Celebrates 15th Anniversary of US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement during Visit to Berkane

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’affaires David Greene today officially marked the 15th anniversary of the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with a visit to a citrus packaging plant in Berkane as it prepared to send off the season’s first shipment of clementines and oranges to the United States.   

The packaging plant is run by the Kantari Group, one of the leading growers and exporters of citrus fruit in the region, contributing to the 45,000 tons of citrus fruit that Morocco exports to the United States each year. Kantari is also one of hundreds of U.S. and Moroccan companies that benefit from the FTA.  Since it went into effect in 2006, the agreement has led to the creation of thousands of jobs and a five-fold increase in the volume of trade – to $5 billion annually.   

“Morocco is the only country in Africa to have a free trade agreement with the United States, and both countries have benefited greatly,” Chargé Greene said.  “The FTA has ushered in significant U.S. investment to Morocco, especially in industry and manufacturing, which has led to thousands of well-paying jobs for Moroccans.”    

The free trade agreement has enabled over 150 American companies operate in the Kingdom, facilitating Morocco’s growing role in global supply chains in advanced and complex sectors, such as the aerospace and automotive industries. 

The FTA has also allowed Morocco’s exceptional agricultural sector to find new markets in the United States.   

“Thanks to the free trade agreement, the United States is a critically important market for our citrus fruit,” said Kamal Kantari, the CEO of Kantari Group.  “I strongly encourage Moroccan businesses to take advantage of the FTA and consider exporting to the United States.”   

Between now and the end of the year, the Embassy is publishing videos on its social media accounts that feature Moroccan and U.S. businesses that have benefited from the FTA.