The United States (US) and Argentina have agreed to terms that will allow US pork to enter the Argentine market for the first time since 1992. The agreement follows an August meeting between US Vice President Mike Pence and Argentina President Mauricio Macri during Pence’s visit to Buenos Aires. President Donald Trump first raised the issue with Macri during their bilateral meeting at the White House in late April. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer were also fully engaged in completing the agreement.
The United States is the world’s top pork exporter and this agreement opens up a potential $10-million-per-year market for America’s pork producers. Argentina has blocked imports of US pork since 1992 citing animal health concerns. Under the terms of this new agreement, all fresh, chilled, and frozen pork and pork products from US animals will be eligible for export to Argentina.
Argentine food safety officials will visit the United States to conduct on-site verification of the country’s meat inspection system, after which US pork exports will resume pending resolution of any outstanding technical issues.
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