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.
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 Trump met with President Mauricio Macri on the margins of the G20 summit in November 2018, the third presidential meeting in the prior three years, 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 as well as non-proliferation and nuclear security through 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 foster law enforcement and justice cooperation and institutional capacity building, and this has strengthened the ability of both governments to respond to shared security interests in the Western Hemisphere. Department of Labor programs help the government and civil society combat child and forced labor, increase worker safety, and expand apprenticeship opportunities for at-risk youth.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The United States enjoys a trade surplus with Argentina, and is Argentina’s number-two goods and services trading partner (behind Brazil). U.S. goods and services trade with Argentina totaled an estimated $26.8 billion in 2018. U.S. exports to Argentina include machinery, mineral fuels, aircraft, and plastics. U.S. imports from Argentina include aluminum, wine, and mineral fuels. There are more than 300 U.S. companies doing business in Argentina and employing more than 150,000 workers. The United States is the largest foreign investor in Argentina, with approximately $14.9 billion (stock) foreign direct investment in 2017, 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 2018, NASA supported Argentina’s work in the launch of its most recent SAOCOM satellite. 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, which represented the first international support to the search-and-rescue mission. In September 2017, NASA partnered with the Argentine space agency (CONAE) to hold the first-ever regional Disaster Risk Reduction Seminar, which brought 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. In 2018, the United States and Argentina collaborated on a multi-million-dollar research project to study some of the most intensive thunderstorms on earth.
Argentina’s Membership in International Organizations
The United States and Argentina are frequently aligned at the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the G20, and other international organizations. President Macri has made global reengagement a key priority for his administration. Argentina assumed the G20 Presidency and hosted over 45 G20 meetings in 2018, culminating with the November 30 – December 1 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires. Argentina also hosted the World Youth Olympics in October 2018. Argentina held the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) presidency for 2017-2018 and served as host of the WTO Ministerial in December 2017.
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:
CIA World Factbook Argentina Page
History of U.S. Relations With Argentina
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page