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Uruguay will begin importing pork from Argentina

Uruguay will begin importing pork from Argentina

The agreement was closed amid the complications that the floods in Brazil bring for the supply of this product in the domestic market, and is for US$2,500 per ton.

Argentina will export pork to Uruguay for the first time.

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Amid concerns about the consequences of flooding in southern Brazil may have for the domestic meat market in Uruguay, Argentina announced that it agreed to its first export of Pork Meat to the country, for $2,500 per ton of chilled boneless pulp.

The serious floods that affect the south of Brazil and, mainly, the state of Rio Grande do Sulalso generate consequences for Uruguay. In that sense, and although it will not be possible to evaluate the entire impact on the supply of products from the northern country until the water recedes, there are already some commitments at the domestic market level.

One of the products that is of most concern due to its high import quota from Brazil is pork. It is enough to see that of the 49,000 tons that the country imported during 2023, 96% came from the neighboring country. Although there is still product, the alarm grows as the roads continue without allowing the trucks that transport the meat, as confirmed to Ambit the president of the Union of Meat Sellers (UVC) Heber Falero.

The lower supply, in addition to generating a shortage of one of the three cuts of meat most consumed by Uruguayans, would also impact a price increase, although it would not be something immediate. “That can undoubtedly complicate because pork prices have a big difference between national and exported pork,” Falero explained.

A new partner for pork

In this context, the Argentine government announced that it will begin to export pork to Uruguay, based on the negotiations carried out between the secretary of Bioeconomy of Argentina, Fernando Vilellawith the minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fishing (MGAP) Fernando Mattos.

At first, there will be three enabled refrigerators to export chilled boneless pork pulp; although those plants that are considered suitable could also be added if they meet the requirements of the Uruguayan health service. This would be a relief for the local domestic market, in the face of possible future effects on Brazilian production – and in the face of the delays that the reactivation of normal activity will have once the water recedes in the southern states – by not depending on a single business partner for this product.

On the other hand, and in parallel to this negotiation, the Argentine Swine Federation and the Uruguayan Pig Breeders Societywill sign a mutual cooperation agreement to work on improvements for pork production in both countries.

Source: Ambito

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