April 16, 2018
US resumes export of pork to Argentina
The US can now resume exporting pork to Argentina after the South American country finalised the technical requirements that will allow US access to the Argentine market for the first time since 1992.
In August last year, Argentina inked an deal with the US to allow American pork to enter its market. Since then, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), technical staff from the USDA and the Office of the US Trade Representative had been working with Argentina's Ministry of Agro-Industry on new terms for market access that are "practical, science-based and consistent with relevant international animal health standards".
"The finalization of these technical requirements means that US exports of pork and natural swine casings can now resume", the USDA said in a press release.
"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", US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Friday, April 13, the day he announced the pork trade breakthrough.
The US is the world's second-largest pork exporter, after the EU. Its global sales totalled $6.5 billion last year, the USDA said, adding Argentina is a potential $10-million-per-year market for America's pork producers.