Hoeven Statement on Opening of Argentine Market to U.S. Pork

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a final agreement allowing U.S. pork to be exported to Argentina:

“We appreciate the administration’s work to finalize this agreement and open the Argentine market to U.S. pork,” said Hoeven. “We welcome this new export opportunity for our pork producers. Trade and markets are essential for North Dakota and other agriculture states, and we’ll continue working to provide our producers with increased market access.” 

Today’s agreement allows all fresh, chilled and frozen pork and pork products from U.S. animals to be eligible for export to Argentina, opening a market that had been closed since 1992. In August, the administration reached an agreement in principle regarding U.S. pork exports to Argentina, and today announced the final agreement. 

Hoeven continues working to open markets for U.S. commodities. Yesterday, the Senator met with the President to outline the importance of supporting the nation’s farmers and ranchers, which includes ensuring they have free and fair trade.