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Paraguay Market Now Open To U.S. Pork
USAgNet - 03/06/2018

Under an export certificate recently negotiated between the two countries, the United States now can ship pork to Paraguay. The National Pork Producers Council welcomed the news.

"Paraguay won't be a huge market for U.S. pork, but given the current trade climate, the U.S. pork industry needs all the new markets it can get," said NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. "This is welcome news for America's pork producers."

While the South American country is a modest consumer of pork, there is potential for U.S. pork export growth to its nearly 6.9 million people, who have a per capita income greater than, for example, the Philippines and Vietnam, two large pork-consuming nations.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture last month concluded talks with its Paraguay counterparts on the export certificate, which will allow the shipment of U.S. fresh, frozen, processed and thermally processed/commercially sterile pork and pork products.

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