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Saturday, November 3, 2012
Egypt wants lower Israeli part requirement in trade agreement

Egypt wants lower Israeli part requirement in trade agreement
Al-Masry Al-Youm Fri, 02/11/2012 - 18:40
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-wants-lower-israeli-part-requirement-trade-agreement

The Egyptian government has submitted a request to Israel to reduce the
required percentage of Israeli-made parts in products included in the
Qualifying Industrial Zones agreement from 10.5 to 8 percent, Egypt’s
industry and trade minister said Thursday.

The QIZ agreement exempts Egyptian exports from customs duties when shipping
to the United States, provided that the exports are manufactured with a
certain percentage of Israeli parts.

Minister Hatem Saleh said he expects an industrial growth of 5 percent in
the coming months, compared to about 4 percent currently.

He added that the growth rate signifies the beginning of a recovery in Egypt’s
industrial sector. He noted that exports have recently increased by 16
percent.

Hundreds of Egyptian companies export products to the United States under
the QIZ agreement. Export volumes have been running at around US$800 million
annually.

Egypt, Israel and the United States signed the QIZ agreement in 2004, which
stipulates that the Egyptian exports to the US should contain 11.7 percent
Israeli components, a number that was reduced to 10.5 in 2007.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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