The USDA Animal Health Inspection Service this week reported the first shipment of U.S. chilled pork entered Cartagena, Colombia, late last month.
The shipment, which consisted of 24,500 kilos of boneless sirloin, will be used in the production of sausages, USDA reports.
USDA says the shipment represents the result of many years of negotiation under the enhanced relations of the United States-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, and is part of a larger effort by the U.S. pork industry to pursue worldwide market opportunities.
As part of the agreement negotiated in 2012, more than half of all U.S. farm exports to Colombia were to become duty-free, with virtually all of the remaining tariffs to be eliminated over the next 15 years.
According to the National Corn Growers Association, the United States is also on track to capture more than 95% of Colombia's 141 million-bushel corn market this marketing year, a boost from 2013 exports of 25 million bushels.
U.S. industry projects increased exports to potentially grow to $50 million a year, USDA says.