President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. and Argentina have agreed to terms allowing U.S. pork to enter the Argentine market for the first time since 1992. President Trump first raised the issue with President Macri during their bilateral meeting at the White House on April 27.
The U.S. 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 U.S. pork since 1992, citing animal health concerns. Under the terms of today’s agreement, all fresh, chilled and frozen pork and pork products from U.S. animals will be eligible for export to Argentina. Argentine food safety officials will visit the U.S. to conduct on-site verification of the U.S. meat inspection system, after which U.S. pork exports will resume pending resolution of any outstanding technical issues. The U.S. will also remain focused on expanding trade of other agricultural products between the U.S. and Argentina, notably beef, poultry and fruits.
Fair trade deals were promised by President Trump while on the campaign trail and I am thankful he is committed to keeping his promises to the American people.