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Argentina opens its market to US pork products

Sunday, August 20th 2017 - 13:09 UTC
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”The announcement is a big win for US pork producers and proves that President Trump is getting real results for America’s farmers and ranchers,” said Pence. ”The announcement is a big win for US pork producers and proves that President Trump is getting real results for America’s farmers and ranchers,” said Pence.

Argentina has agreed to allow imports of U.S. pork products for the first time since 1992, the White House said in a statement on Thursday. “Today’s announcement is a big win for American pork producers and proves that President Trump is getting real results for America’s farmers and ranchers,” said Vice President Pence.

 “After 25 years of discussions, America’s pork producers will soon be able to export their fine product to Argentina. This is one more example of the commitment of President Trump and his entire Administration to breaking down international trade barriers and making free and fair trade a win-win for American workers, farmers, and our trading partners.”

Argentina had blocked imports of U.S. pork, citing animal health concerns. The U.S. is the world's top pork exporter, and the agreement opens up a potential US$10-million-per-year market for U.S. pork producers, the statement said.

Under the terms of today’s agreement, all fresh, chilled, and frozen pork and pork products from United States animals will be eligible for export to Argentina.

“U.S. pork producers are the most competitive in the world and we have long sought the opportunity to provide affordable, high-quality pork in Argentina,” says Ken Maschhoff, National Pork Producers Council president.

“We thank Secretaries Perdue and Ross, and their teams at the USDA and the Department of Commerce, as well as U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and his team, for their diligent work to win Argentine market access.”

Argentine food safety officials will visit the U.S. to conduct on-site verification of U.S. meat inspection system, after which U.S. pork exports will resume pending resolution of any outstanding technical issues.

The agreement comes after a 15 August meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and President Mauricio Macri of Argentina during the Vice President’s visit to Buenos Aires. President Trump first raised the issue with President Macri during their bilateral meeting at the White House on April 27.


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  • Marti Llazo

    “ [Peronist] Argentina had blocked imports of U.S. pork, citing animal health concerns. ...”

    Just as [Peronist] Argentina blocked imports of US books and magazines, citing “ health concerns” ..... And blocked imports of a great deal of other products, with varying excuses.

    Not long ago, the Macri government reminded argentines and residents of the serious nations that “Argentina is the world's most closed country.” That's a bit of an exaggeration, since there is stiff competition with North Korea. But there is an element of truth in it. Actually, the comment about Argentina being a “closed country” referred to the low level of international trade, brought about by the “vivir con lo nuestro” madness that has resulted in non-competitive national industries that famously - as a general rule - produce low-quality shite at high prices for a captive, protectionist regimen. For 2015, the percentages of imports+exports as a percentage of GNP was about 23 percent, just above Nigeria. (Mexico - very successful in international trade - is at over 70 percent). The average for the world is about 58 percent. Now, if the country [Argentina] will take the necessary measures to become productive and competitive in more than a few tiny niche markets. Maybe in a couple of decades, when the stink of peronism has been cleansed from the land.

    Léalo y llore:

    ”Argentina es el país más cerrado del mundo”

    Aug 21st, 2017 - 04:38 am +2
  • Marti Llazo

    I think the days have passed for “Argentina .....bla bla bla....largest per capita consumption of beef... bla bla bla.” It looks now as though the US, Australia, and even Israel have higher beef consumption. That puts Argentina in 4th place. But that is actually a good thing since some of the alternatives are healthier.

    The KK played a significant role in the fall of the Argentina beef industry as well as decreasing domestic consumption. In 2005, the country was the world’s third largest meat exporter, with 25 per cent of its production to 70 countries. By 2013 it had fallen to 11th place. And speaking of international trade, even little Paraguay now exports more beef than Argentina.

    By 2016 Argentina dropped again in the rankings, to 12th place, but the current government policies here are encouraging beef exports and so this trend may turn around. But Argentine beef isn't what it used to be. The feed-lot practices have taken hold, though haven't completely taken over.

    Aug 22nd, 2017 - 03:57 am +2
  • Marti Llazo

    tree: “ ...effectively subsidise Argentina's agro-industry by putting tariffs on food imports?...”

    Or maybe follow the Peronist model and ban the export of food and then require that it be sold below production cost on the domestic market. Now there is a winning solution. And one that led to the decimation of the Argentine beef industry in recent years, and why pork has become a larger part of the diet here.

    Léalo y llore:

    “ Argentina provides a lesson in how to ruin a beef industry” (note from 2013, explaining Kirchner economic wisdom, how CFK handicapped Argentine producers and unwittingly created enormous economic advantages for other nations.

    ” In 2005, Argentina’s ranchers and farmers produced more than 3.1 million tons of beef, exporting some 745,000 metric tons (mt) to the world market. Argentina was the third-largest beef-exporting country (behind Brazil and Australia) in the world in 2005. And, by the way, it exported all this beef while also supplying the needs of its people – who had the second-highest annual beef consumption rate in the world at more than 136 lbs./person. ... U.S. beef exports in 2005 were 472,668 mt, and U.S. per-capita beef consumption that year was 94 lbs./person...... USDA reports that Argentina exported only 164,000 mt of beef in 2012, slipping to 11th place as a global beef exporter. Per-capita beef consumption has declined to 121 lbs./year. And during those same seven years, U.S. beef exports have increased from 472,668 mt to more than 1.13 million mt.”

    Aug 23rd, 2017 - 02:02 pm +2
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