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It's been 26 years since American raised pork products have made their way to consumers in Argentina. That's about to change.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced on April 13, that the government of Argentina has finalized technical requirements allowing U.S. pork to be imported into Argentina for the first time since 1992.

The agreement has been months in the making. Last August, White House officials announced they had struck an agreement with Argentina and that technical staff from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative work work together 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, according to the USDA.

Recent action on finalizing the technical requirements means that exports of U.S. 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 in a news release. “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."

Perdue said the agreement marked a "great day for our agriculture community" and serves as an example of how the Trump Administration is committed to supporting U.S. producers by opening new markets for their products.

Lighthizer echoed Perdue's praise, adding that the trade agreement illustrated the Trump administration's commitment to addressing foreign trade barriers to American agriculture exports.

“I welcome Argentina’s decision to allow imports of U.S. pork products and the economic opportunity it will afford to U.S. pork producers,” said Lighthizer.

According to USDA data, 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.

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