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Canada captures market access for pork to Argentina

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New market access opens the door to South America, an estimated value of up to $16 million annually.

Argentina is accepting pork exports from Canada once again, announces the Honorable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade.

“Our government is working hard to open markets and create new trade opportunities for Canadian businesses and workers. Canadian pork access to the Argentinian market is an important step in our valued and growing relationship and evidence that engagement produces results. I encourage our Canadian pork industry to take advantage of the opportunities this leading South American market offers,” states Champagne.

As the seventh top producing pork country, Canadian hog producers export 16% of the world’s pork, shipping 3.8 million pounds outside its borders in 2016.

This restored access will provide significant new opportunities to Canadian pork exporters in the important and emerging Argentinian market, with industry estimating an export value of up to $16 million annually.

“CPI is very pleased with this announcement. The Argentinian market represents a solid opportunity to develop further and diversify Canadian pork exports in South America,” stresses Neil Ketilson, chair of the Canada Pork International Board of Directors.

The government of Canada is helping producers and processors bring their high-quality products to more and more countries around the globe. Restoring market access to the Argentinian market builds on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s successful visit to Argentina last year when both leaders acknowledged the progress made to date and the necessary remaining steps to allow trade of Canadian pork to Argentina to resume.

Source: Government of Canada

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