Argentina Reaches Agreement on US Pork Exports

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United States pork will soon be exported to Argentina for the first time in more than 25 years. Government officials in the Argentine Ministry of Argo-Industry finalized technical requirements necessary for US exports of pork and swine to resume, announced the Office of the United States Trade Representative in a press release.

“This breakthrough is the result of efforts by this Administration to help America’s farmers and ranchers reach new markets and ensure fair trade practices by our international partners,” said US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “Once the people of Argentina get a taste of American pork products after all this time, we’re sure they’ll want more of it. This is a great day for our agriculture community and an example of how the Trump Administration is committed to supporting our producers by opening new markets for their products.”

“I welcome Argentina’s decision to allow imports of U.S. pork products and the economic opportunity it will afford to U.S. pork producers,” said US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. “This effort demonstrates the Trump Administration’s continued commitment to address foreign trade barriers to American agriculture exports.”

The updated requirements from the US Department of Agriculture state that there are four categories of eligible products for export to Argentina: pork pancreas glands for pharmaceutical use, natural salted swine casings, canned pork, and fresh or frozen pork.

Argentina currently imports nearly all of its pork from neighboring Brazil.

Argentine imports of “meat of swine” under HS commodity code 0230. Data are from UN COMTRADE. Graph created by Nathan Davis.
Argentine imports of “meat of swine” under HS commodity code 0230. Data are from UN COMTRADE. Graph created by Nathan Davis.

The Office of the Trade Representative believes that Argentina could be a $10 million market for US pork producers. The US is the largest pork exporter in the world with $6.5 billion exported in 2017.

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