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Interest in Israeli Food Exhibit

Israeli food-producers exhibiting here report considerable interest from buyers at the Cologne Anuga Food Fair, the biggest of its kind in the world and also the biggest in which Israel participates. The fair opens commercial opportunities not only to West German commerce but also to the whole West European food market. Israel has 50 exhibitors, showing mainly citrus fruit, frozen food and precooked meals. West Germany is the third biggest market for Israeli exports in general-after the United States and Great Britain.

Moreover, the trade with West Germany is seen by Israeli circles as being in rapid expansion. Exports have risen from $66 million in 1970 to $60 million in the first six months of 1971 alone. Another reason for the growing importance of the West German export market is the 10 percent US import surcharge on goods recently decreed in connection with the dollar crisis, a decision which has brought about important changes in the trade policy of Israel.