Argentina re-opens Tunisia market for beef

By Ashley Williams

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Tunisia has re-opened the market for Argentine beef after six years
Tunisia has re-opened the market for Argentine beef after six years

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Following a six-year absence, Argentina’s Ministry of Agriculture has revealed it will ship its first 25 tonnes of boneless beef to Tunisian agribusiness Farah.

Described as an “important market​” to Argentina, Tunisia’s Government agreed the deal with the South American country by achieving a sanitary certificate through the National Service of Health and Agri-Food Quality (Senasa).

Argentina’s agriculture officials conducted a visit to Tunisia in December 2018 to expand its exports and said they were currently exploring sanitary certificates for frozen sheep and bovine with the North African country.

Argentina’s Government said the fact that Tunisia was returning to buy Argentine products was evidence that it was on the “right track​” and provided an opportunity for growth.

"It is an important achievement for both countries, and is the result of a joint and coordinated work between the Foreign Ministries, the health agencies and the agro-industry officials from both Argentina and Tunisia, which is very relevant news for the meat sector​,” said Argentine chancellor Jorge Faurie.

In ​[terms of the general overview for] Argentine exports, little by little they are recovering and gaining markets​.”

Over the past few months, Argentina has opened up its meat exports to other international markets such as the US and Pakistan.

The South American country made its first shipment of beef to Miami, Florida​ last month since its products had been banned from the US almost 17 years ago, while it also exported frozen bovine and bubaline semen to the Pakistan market​ for the first time in November 2018.

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