U.S. Relations With Argentina

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Fact Sheet
April 2, 2018


More information about Argentina is available on the Argentina Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

U.S.-ARGENTINA RELATIONS

The United States and Argentina maintain a bilateral relationship based on shared interests including economic ties, democracy and human rights, counterterrorism and rule of law, improving citizen security, energy, science and technology, people-to-people ties, and education.

President Mauricio Macri visited Washington and met with President Trump in April 2017, Vice President Pence visited Buenos Aires that August, and then-Secretary of State Tillerson visited Bariloche and Buenos Aires in February 2018, each visit an indication of the United States Government’s commitment to high-level engagement with the Argentine government.

U.S. Assistance to Argentina

U.S. assistance in Argentina promotes regional stability and democracy and builds non-proliferation cooperation on export controls and border security. The United States and Argentina also cooperate on economic revitalization and public security. The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Bureau provides funds to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to train and mentor Argentine law enforcement and justice officials; this has strengthened the ability of both governments to respond to shared security interests in the Western Hemisphere.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States enjoys a trade surplus with Argentina, and is Argentina’s number two trading partner behind Brazil. U.S. goods and services trade with Argentina totaled an estimated $23.9 billion in 2016. U.S. exports to Argentina include machinery, oil, plastics, and organic chemicals. U.S. imports from Argentina include mineral fuel and oil, wine, preserved foods, and aluminum. There are more than 500 U.S. companies doing business in Argentina employing more than 150,000 workers. The United States is the largest foreign investor in Argentina with approximately $13.32 billion (stock) foreign direct investment in 2015, according to the Department of Commerce.

Following President Macri’s election, the United States and Argentina established new mechanisms and agreements to improve the business climate. These include the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) supporting small and medium enterprise development, a Digital Economy Working Group, a Commercial Dialogue between the Department of Commerce and the Ministry of Production, a Forum on Innovation and Creativity for Economic Development (i.e. intellectual property), and a bilateral Tax Information Exchange Agreement.

The United States and Argentina cooperate closely on a range of binational educational activities at the basic and higher education level too. The Binational Fulbright Commission coordinates the exchange of students, teachers, and researchers. The United States contributes approximately $1.2 million annually, and the Argentine government contributed $10 million in 2017.

U.S. government and science cooperation remain strong, with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the forefront of collaboration. In December 2017, NASA was in southern Argentina collecting Antarctic data for Operation IceBridge when the Argentine ARA San Juan submarine went missing off the Atlantic coast; NASA immediately redirected its P-3B Orion research aircraft, and its plane was redirected and became the first international support to the search and rescue mission. In September 2017, NASA partnered with the Argentina Space Agency (CONAE) to hold the first-ever regional Disaster Risk Reduction Seminar, bringing together earth observation scientists, emergency responders, NGOs, and government representatives to address problems with and identify solutions to disaster response mechanisms. In June and July 2017, NASA and CONAE conducted a joint observation in support of the New Horizons mission.

Argentina's Membership in International Organizations

The United States and Argentina are frequently aligned at the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the G-20, and other international organizations.

President Macri has made global reengagement a key priority for his administration. Argentina assumed the G20 Presidency on December 1, 2017, and will host over 45 G20 meetings in 2018, including a Foreign Ministers’ meeting May 21-22, in advance of the Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires in November. Argentina will host the World Youth Olympics in October 2018. It also holds the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) presidency for 2017-2018, and it served as host of the WTO Ministerial in December 2017.

Bilateral Representation

Principal U.S. embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Argentina maintains an embassy in the United States at 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington DC 20009; tel. (202) 238-6400.

More information about Argentina is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Argentina Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Argentina Page
U.S. Embassy
History of U.S. Relations With Argentina
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Travel Information