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Agricultural Machinery, Irrigation Equipment, Parts, and Components

Market Overview 

Argentina has a long-established local industry manufacturing farm machinery and implements. The sector is composed of approximately 730 companies and was one of the first industries to develop in the country because of agriculture’s historically predominant role in the Argentine economy. As a result, ten percent of these companies have been operating for over 50 years in the country. According to local statistics, domestic production of agricultural machinery and equipment accounts for around 60 percent of the total sector. The Government of Argentina’s import substitution efforts have increased domestic production and competitiveness of seeders, sprayers, and tools but have had less impact on production of large-scale equipment such as tractors and harvesters.

Over the years, international companies established in Argentina have made investments of more than 470 million dollars in production facilities in Argentina.

Distribution agreements, joint-ventures with domestic manufacturers and licensing are potential options, but U.S. firms should choose their partners carefully given that protection of intellectual property is a continuing challenge and some local Argentine firms have been known to copy patented foreign designs.

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Sub- Sector Best Prospects

Irrigation Equipment: The Argentine market for irrigation systems has been growing in recent years due to the increased amount of Argentine farmland dedicated to row crops.  Currently, 5.6 million acres representing around seven percent of farmland are under irrigation.  Recently, the Government of Argentina has launched a program to double the amount of irrigated areas. New research indicates that at least 30 percent of total farmland could benefit from irrigation.  The U.S. currently dominates Argentine imports in the irrigation sector, accounting for over 50 percent of imports. 

Parts and Components: Annual sales in this subsector currently represent approximately 12 of the total market, with a large number of Argentine producers of agricultural implements and some growth in domestic production of tractors and combines.  Argentine agricultural producers are gradually integrating technologies that help to minimize use of agricultural inputs while maintaining high yields; they increasingly draw on foreign suppliers for key components.  This offers opportunities in technologies ranging from precision agriculture to key components for domestically manufactured equipment such as self-propelled sprayers, storage hoppers, and heads for combines, among others.

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Opportunities

Products offering cost savings are in great demand, as are those that increase and improve the quality of agricultural products. Among the most sought-after products are: information technology services and products for agriculture such as autopilots, wireless connections, Wi-Max networks; GPS/INS systems; geographical information technology (GIS) data collection software applicable to soil analysis, crop yields, and remote sensing; NDVI sensors and the use of telematic engineering.

Please note that the applicable restrictions have to be checked on a case-by-case basis for the importation of used and remanufactured/reconditioned machinery and parts. 

However, recent controls imposed by the Argentine government have made exporting goods from any country to Argentina more difficult.  It is important for would-be exporters to Argentina to confirm that their Argentine customer has received all the necessary permits (see Chapter 5: Trade Regulations, Customs, and Standards).

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Key Figures 

(In US$ thousands)

2012

2013

2014
(Est.)


2015
(Est.)

Total Market Size

1,275,363,636

1,773,071,300

1,808,532,726

1,844,703,381

Total Local Production

747,015,236

1,066,757,610

1,088,092,762

1,109,854,617

Total Exports

348,400

240,000

244,800

249,696

Total Imports

528,000,000

647,837,376

660,794,124

674,010,006

Imports from the U.S.

860,640

718,423

732,791

747,447

Total Market Size = (Total Local Production + Total Imports) – (Total Exports)

Data Sources:

  • Total Local Production: Unofficial estimates based on industry reports
  • Total Exports: Argentine Customs/Trade Nosis
  • Total Imports: Ministry of Economy
  • Imports from U.S.: Ministry of Economy

Projected growth for 2014 and beyond has been affected by Government regulations limiting imports and access to foreign exchange.

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Trade Events

The following trade shows attract the vast majority of buyers of agricultural machinery and equipment in Argentina.

Event:

Exposición Rural

Dates:

July 17-27, 2014

Place: 

La Rural Exhibition Center, Buenos Aires

Organizer:

La Rural de Palermo S.A. 

Description: 
 

This will be the 124th edition of this traditional show.

Event:

ExpoAgro

Dates:

March 2015 (TBD)

Place: 

Province of Buenos Aires

Organizer:

Expochacra S.A., local subsidiary of Exposium, France

Description:


  

The traditional ExpoChacra and FeriAgro shows have joined together to create this single, much-needed industry venue that will serve as a meeting point, where exhibitors display their agriculture products, services, and equipment to an interested audience.

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Useful Links

Argentine Web Sites

U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Contact Information

Please feel free to contact the U.S. Commercial Service Argentina Specialist mentioned below for additional information or assistance.

Elizabet Simon
Agricultural Machinery Sector Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service Argentina
Embassy of the United States of America
Av. Colombia 4300
C1425GMN Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone: (54-11) 5777-4619
Fax:    (54-11) 5777-4203
Email: Elizabet.Simon@trade.gov

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