Philaport and Holt Logistics welcomed the first shipment of Argentine beef into the US in more than 17 years.
Originating from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the shipment will arrive on the Hamburg Süd M/V Rio Barrow and will include several tonnes of Argentine lean beef primarily used for higher end cuts and hamburgers.
Since 2001, Argentina has not been allowed to ship beef to the US due to the presence of foot-and-mouth disease.
Philadelphia is the largest port for imported beef in the US by volume and PhilaPort and Holt Logistics have supported the efforts of the Argentine Agricultural Ministry in getting the necessary approvals from the US Department of Agriculture.
In total, Argentina expects to export about 20,000 tonnes of beef products into the US every year which equates to approximately 160,000,000 quarter-pound hamburger patties or 80,000,000 eight-ounce steaks.
Officials gathered at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia for a dockside plaque presentation to mark the occasion.