Horses: Great Argentine value with great outdoor demand

Horses: Great Argentine value with great outdoor demand

The company Unicorn has been exporting horses since 1975, a task that requires intensive care.

Horse export
Horse export

Argentina has several world-renowned export sectors such as meat, cereals and everything related to food production. But there is something else that Argentine Pampas has been doing for export and has great prestige, albeit less shipping volume: horses.

The country’s Gaucho tradition, its climate, and the low price of horses, which was already recognized around the world thanks to polo, began selling horses abroad in the 1970s.

While there are few who dare to export, given the difficulties that still exist today in moving animals from one country to another around the world, those who do so emphasize the effort and ingenuity to achieve it.. You need to think about animal care, bureaucratic challenges and also the health regulation of each country.

Horse export
Horse export

Is one of the exporters John McDonough, Argentine of Irish descent Whose company Unicorn SA has been engaged in this activity since 1975. He was already involved in this activity a few years ago with his veterinary brother, who had clients Hector Barantes and Eduardo Moore, two great entrepreneurs who were affiliated with Polo at the time. Polo was mainly a hobby at the time and the attempt to export horses began with seriousness and great effort.

It was Barantes and Moore who, by the way, took the sold polo ponies abroad and others to the exhibition because that was the only way to promote their sale. “They needed someone who would take care of the horses during the trip and train them as soon as they arrived in the destination country,” McDonagh said. “It was like working in Barantes in 1973, I flew to England on a CL44 turboprop aircraft with 25 polo horses. We departed from Ezeiza Airport, had our first stop at Recife Airport in Brazil, and from there went directly to Turin, Italy, where we left our horse; Then we went to Munich, Germany, and the rest of the horses arrived at their final destination, Gadwick, England.

I remember it took us more than 38 hours from airport to airport without dropping horses; We had to pack wooden boxes on the plane for this trip

“I remember that it took us more than 38 hours from the airport to the airport, we could not unload the horses and we had to pack wooden boxes on the plane for this trip. “We go on animals with a big ramp,” he added.

This first voyage and subsequent boat trip with polo player Gonzalo Pierre captured the entrepreneurial spirit of McDonough, who created the Equestrian Transport Agency (now Unicorn SA) using the export licenses he hired in 1975 because he needed it at the time. At least 10 months for the procedure of obtaining the importer / exporter register before the customs of Argentina. After obtaining the license, says McDonough, “Exports required 6 previous formal interventions, had a 38% occupancy, and were bank-approved for the entry of export currency. This whole process took at least 15 working days.

Boxes on board the aircraft
Boxes on board the aircraft

However, he managed to obtain a special permit for the export before the export regime appeared on the third party account and on the order, which simplified the process. “We immediately started exporting by air and sea. The first market we opened was Brunei, A small nation on the island of Borneo, near Malaysia, ”recalls McDonough, who has since exported all kinds of horses: from Purebred Racers (SPC) to Endurance, Paso Fino, Quarter Horse, Hackney and Mestizo in the United States. , In England. United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, Germany, Spain, Pakistan, Ghana, Singapore, Switzerland, Peru, Colombia, India, Italy and Canada, among others.

These years of pandemic were very hard. There was little export and when it was done, the biggest difficulty was that the horse had to be accompanied by a man, to take care of him so that he would not be stressed and fed along with other care because of Covid. Under the protocol, companies allowed him to travel with only cargo crews“So, exports could be counted, which could be done,” he recalled.

Today’s context does not help this type of business to grow. The economic instability that is plaguing our country has led to a loss of opportunities. Many investors of Arab descent settled in Uruguay.

Source: La Nacion

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