Country of origin: Egypt
Medicinal and aromatic plants are considered precious resources in Egypt, as they enjoy great diversity and high quality. These plants are used in alternative medicine and in the manufacture of aromatic and cosmetic products. Exports of medicinal and aromatic plants play an important role in strengthening the Egyptian economy and providing job opportunities for farmers and companies concerned. In this article, we will take a look at the volume of Egyptian medicinal and aromatic plant exports, the most important exporting and importing countries, and the role of AR Company in facilitating the export process.
The volume of Egyptian medicinal and aromatic plants export
Egyptian medicinal and aromatic plant exports have been witnessing continuous growth in recent years. Egypt is considered one of the largest exporters of medicinal and aromatic plants in the region. The strong growth in exports of these plants is attributed to the quality of Egyptian products and the country’s commitment to sustainable farming practices.
Dr. revealed Rabie Mohamed Mostafa, Director of the Agricultural Research Center and former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture in Fayoum, said that medicinal and aromatic plants occupy fifth place in exporting agricultural products in Egypt, after cotton, rice, potatoes, citrus fruits, then medicinal and aromatic plants, and Egypt occupies eleventh place among countries in the world in exporting plants. Medicinal and aromatic. However, the cultivated area in Egypt is about 60 thousand acres, which represents about 0.80% of the total area cultivated annually in Egypt. Agriculture is concentrated in Minya Governorate by 31%, Assiut by 21%, Fayoum by 19%, and Beni Suef by 4%.
Data from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics revealed the volume of Egyptian exports of medicinal and aromatic plants during the period from January to September of 2023, as the total value of Egyptian exports of plants and roots for perfumes and medicine amounted to about one billion and 985 million pounds (132 million and 339 thousand dollars).
According to the latest statement of the Foreign Trade Bulletin of the Statistics Authority, imports of perfume plants and roots were among the list of the most important Egyptian exports of raw materials, whose total value amounted to about 158 million and 522 thousand dollars last September.
Egypt has hundreds of varieties of medicinal and aromatic plants and flowers, and they are exported abroad, whether “dried or not,” to enter the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and related supplies industries. Despite the presence of all these types, Egypt has not entered into this industry in a significant way yet. The total number of medicinal and aromatic plants recorded in Egypt is about 2,500 species, of which 40 species are widely traded, especially for export, which represents 95%, while about 5% is consumed locally.
The most important countries exporting Egyptian medicinal and aromatic plants
Egypt tops the list of countries exporting medicinal and aromatic plants. These plants include medicinal herbs, spices, and aromatic oils. These products are exported to many countries around the world, including the European Union, the United States and the Middle East.
The most important countries importing medicinal and aromatic plants from Egypt
European countries are considered one of the most important import markets for Egyptian medicinal and aromatic plants. These countries include Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands. The United States, China and the United Arab Emirates are also major importing markets.
AR Company’s role in helping you export medicinal and aromatic plants
AR Company plays an important role in facilitating the process of exporting medicinal and aromatic plants from Egypt. The company provides integrated services in the field of export, including dealing with legal, logistical and marketing procedures. The company works to facilitate the shipping and customs clearance process and provide the necessary information to farmers and companies interested in exporting medicinal and aromatic plants.
Types of medicinal and aromatic plants
Dr. explained. Rabie said that the most important plants cultivated in Egypt are about 20 plants of economic value, the most important of which are:
- Star anise
- habat al Baraka
Egypt is characterized by a great diversity of medicinal and aromatic plants that are cultivated. These plants include many medicinal herbs such as cumin, mint, chamomile, and aloe vera, spices such as turmeric, thyme, and coriander, and essential oils such as rose oil, anise oil, and lavender oil.
Uses of medicinal and aromatic plants
Egyptian medicinal and aromatic plants are used in many industries and applications. Many medicinal herbs are used in alternative medicine and herbal remedies. Spices are also used in the food and food processing industries. As for essential oils, they are used in the manufacture of perfumes, aromatic lotions, and skin and hair care products.
Egyptian medicinal and aromatic plants are valuable resources that contribute to strengthening the Egyptian economy and providing job opportunities. Exports of these plants are witnessing continuous growth, and they are of high quality and great diversity. AR Company plays an important role in facilitating the export process. The uses of medicinal and aromatic plants are diverse and include alternative medicine, the food industry and aromatic preparations. These plants are a valuable resource that must be exploited sustainably and effectively to enhance the agricultural sector and the Egyptian economy in general.