Walker On Access for US Pork Exports to Argentina: Helping NC Farmers Through Trade Means Removing Barriers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after it was announced by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that the government of Argentina has finalized technical requirements to allow the export of U.S. pork to Argentina for the first time since 1992:
"Helping our North Carolina farmers through trade means removing barriers, opening new markets and ensuring a level playing field. When we get government restrictions and bad policies out of the way, our premier North Carolina products can shine and our people can thrive. I applaud President Trump and the administration for working to open the Argentinian market to our pork producers."
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), "since the White House announced an agreement with Argentina last August, technical staff from the USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) 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 U.S. exports nearly $6 billion worth of pork each year. North Carolina accounts for roughly 10 percent of America's pork exports and the pork industry employs more than 46,000 North Carolinians. Argentina represents a potential $10 million a year market for U.S. pork producers.