Uruguay has granted final approval for that country to  import U.S. fresh and frozen poultry and poultry products, (including U.S. fresh chicken), effective April 21, 2014, according to a USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) bulletin this week.

Following several years of technical discussions, USDA representatives from APHIS and the Food Safety and Inspection Service reached agreement with Uruguay on the sanitary measures for U.S. poultry products. Access to Uruguay had been previously limited to U.S. fresh and frozen turkey meat for a seasonal market and U.S. cooked (processed) chicken meat.  U.S. poultry exports to Uruguay were valued at $250,000 in 2013 (up from $130,000 in 2012), with potential to expand further under this new agreement, USDA said.