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Argentina reopens market to U.S. pork

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Argentina is allowing imports of United States pork products back into their country for the first time since 1992. Argentina government officials on Thursday, finalized the technical requirements. This action is the result of last August’s agreement the White House reached with the South American country.

United States Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says, “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. Once the people of Argentina get a taste of American pork products, they’ll want more of it. This is a great day for our agriculture community.”

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer echoes Secretary Perdue’s comments by adding, “This effort demonstrates the Trump Administration’s continued commitment to address foreign trade barriers to American agriculture exports.”

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom says, “Argentina’s per capita pork consumption has grown rapidly over the past several years, increasing nearly 60 percent since 2011, and Argentina is the third-largest pork-importing country in South America.”

What cuts of pork will the Argentinians be wanting? Halstrom says there is already significant interest in the Boston butt and USMEF anticipates demand for U.S. hams, picnics and trimmings to be used as raw material for further processing.

The United States is the leading exporter of pork products. The US sold $6.5 billion worth of pork products around the globe last year. Opening the Argentina market could add another $10 million in sales, with an opportunity for future growth.

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