Brazil’s exports of pig meat to Argentina collapsed in May due to ongoing restrictions imposed by the neighboring country.

Figures released by the Brazilian pig meat producers and exporters association, ABIPECS, show that, during the month of May, only 94 tons of pig meat were exported – which ABIPECS calls a decline of “almost 100 percent.” Sales to Argentina between January and May 2012 were 64.76 percent lower in volume and 62.28 percent lower in value in comparison with the first five months of 2011, due to the ongoing difficulties in gaining trade permits

The export market was not all bad news for Brazilian pork producers in May, however. By volume, the country’s pig meat sales overseas rose by 18.71 percent and by value they were 9.27 percent higher at US$138.4 million, despite restrictions imposed by both Russia and Argentina.