PhilaPort is set to receive some of the first beef imported from Argentina on Friday after the U.S. government lifted a 17-year-ban on meat from the South American nation after a 2001 outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
The Port of Philadelphia, which says it is the largest port for imported beef in America, will receive several tons of Argentine lean beef, primarily used for higher-end cuts and hamburgers. The shipment is coming in from Buenos Aires on a vessel operated by the Hamburg Sud line.
Argentina last year negotiated an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to resume meat imports, and inaugurated trade with a 1,100-pound shipment to Miami, according to trade publication GlobalMeatNews.com. Argentine will be allowed to export up to 22,000 tons a year to the United States, and U.S. producers can ship unlimited amounts of been to Argentina, though there is not expected to be much demand in that famous bovine-producing nation for U.S. beef.