Argentina and the U.S. are continuing efforts that could lead to closer commercial ties, a move that would bode well for the U.S. pork industry.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has met with Argentine Minister of Production Francisco Cabrera for the U.S.-Argentina Commercial Dialogue, in an effort to boost trade and investment between the countries. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency said it would undertake development programs in Argentina that will “help support the economic reforms being pushed by Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, who also wants to open the country’s markets and borders,” NPPC said.

The pro-trade Macri assumed office last December, vowing to move Argentina away from 12 years of protectionist rule under Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

The industry “continues to look for opportunities to expand exports in Latin America, and, among the non-FTA partner nations there, Argentina presents the best opportunity for expanding U.S. pork exports,” NPPC said in a report. It has been working with USDA in negotiating an export certificate with Argentina that would open that country’s market to more U.S. pork.