Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food Reacts to Announcement that U.S. Pork to be Exported to Argentina for the First Time Since 1992


Jack Wilbur (801) 538-7098

                 (801) 243-2801

And Pierucci (801) 538-4913

April 13, 2018


(Salt Lake City) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today announced the government of Argentina has finalized technical requirements that will allow U.S. pork to be imported into Argentina for the first time since 1992.


“Utah’s farmers and ranchers depend on access to international markets,” said LuAnn Adams, Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food. “The opening of Argentina to U.S. pork will benefit Utah’s pork producers immensely. Pork is widely consumed in Latin America. Utah producers should take advantage of the opportunity they will soon have to sell their pork in Argentina.” 


Argentina is a potential $10-million-per-year market for America’s pork producers, with significant growth opportunities possible in the future. Fresh pork consumption in Argentina has increased from about two pounds per person a year in 2005 to 22 to 26 pounds today. It is estimated that by 2020 consumption will increase to 35 to 44 pounds per person annually.


The potential deal was first announced in August 2017. Since then technical staff from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative have been working 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. The finalization of these technical requirements means that U.S. exports of pork and natural swine casings can now resume.


The United States is the world’s top pork exporter, with global sales totaling $6.5 billion last year.