Meat upheaval in US lets Argentina back in the beef game

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After America’s meat-processing woes opened up a window for importers, Argentina shipped 1,290 metric tons to the United States in April.

America’s meat-processing woes opened a window for importers and Argentina pounced.

Beef shipments to the United States from Argentina jumped to 1,290 metric tons in April, the latest US Department of Agriculture data show. A year ago, US importers bought a measly two tons.

April is the same month that outbreaks of Covid-19 among US meatpacking workers triggered a wave of shutdowns that tightened local supply and sent prices rocketing.

To be sure, Argentine beef exports had already begun to pick up under President Mauricio Macri, who left office in December. Macri negotiated access to the US market, which re-opened to Argentina in late 2018, ending a ban that began in 2001 after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.


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