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  April 24th, 2018 | Written by

USDA and USTR Finalize Access for US Pork Exports to Argentina

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  • White House announced agreement with Argentina on pork exports last August.
  • USDA and USTR have been working with Argentina on new science-based terms for market access.
  • Lighthizer: Argentina’s decision to allow imports of US pork an opportunity for US pork producers.

US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer have announced that the government of Argentina has finalized technical requirements that will allow US pork to be imported into Argentina for the first time since 1992.

Since the White House announced an agreement with Argentina last August, technical staff from the US Department of Agriculture and the Office of the US Trade Representative have 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.

“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,” Perdue said. “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 US pork products and the economic opportunity it will afford to US pork producers,” said Lighthizer.  “This effort demonstrates the Trump Administration’s continued commitment to address foreign trade barriers to American agriculture exports.”

The United States is the world’s top pork exporter, with global sales totaling $6.5 billion last year. Argentina is a potential $10-million-per-year market for America’s pork producers, with significant growth opportunities possible in subsequent years.