Paraguay Opens to U.S. Pork and Beef
Following several months of discussions between USDA officials and their Paraguayan counterparts, Paraguay recently agreed to accept imports of U.S. pork, beef and natural casings. Paraguay has a small population of about 7 million. It is also landlocked, which creates additional challenges for exporters seeking to serve the market. But while USMEF expects export volumes to Paraguay to be low, gaining access to the market is still a positive development on which some U.S. exporters could capitalize. In 2017, Paraguay reported beef imports of 2,511 metric tons (mt) valued at $6.5 million – mainly from Brazil, but some product was also imported from Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Pork imports totaled 1,287 mt valued at $3.7 million. Most pork imports were also from Brazil, but small volumes were imported from other suppliers, including Argentina and Spain.