The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) plays a vital role in ensuring the free flow of agricultural trade. APHIS' efforts include keeping U.S. agricultural industries free from pests and diseases and certifying that the millions of U.S. agricultural and food products shipped to markets abroad meet the importing countries' entry requirements. APHIS makes sure that all imported agricultural products shipped to the United States from abroad meet the Agency's entry requirements to exclude pests and diseases of agriculture.

APHIS also keeps export markets open for American agricultural products by working to eliminate unjustified sanitary or phytosanitary (SPS) barriers - that is, concerns involving plant and animal health - raised by U.S. trading partners. APHIS' team of technical experts, based in the United States and abroad, includes scientists, veterinarians, pathologists, and entomologists that advocate on behalf of U.S. agriculture. They build relationships with their agricultural health and regulatory counterparts in other countries and use scientific principles to make the case for American agricultural exports, explaining to foreign officials why U.S. commodities are safe to import. In fiscal year (FY) 2011, APHIS played a direct role in opening new markets and retaining and expanding existing market access for U.S. agricultural products valued at $1.68 billion.

APHIS works closely with its partners at USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the office of the U.S. Trade Representative to maintain a coordinated, strategic approach to resolving SPS trade-barrier issues and other trade policy challenges facing the Agency. In addition, APHIS personnel play leadership roles within international standard-setting organizations, such as the World Organization for Animal Health and the International Plant Protection Convention, that develop science-based standards for the safe trade in agricultural products between countries.

APHIS also helps to resolve urgent problems involving U.S. shipments detained at foreign ports of entry. APHIS personnel stationed in countries overseas work closely with their foreign counterparts in such situations to answer their questions, provide requested information, and hopefully negotiate a favorable outcome for the U.S. exporter. In FY11, APHIS successfully obtained the release over 300 individual shipments of U.S. agricultural products, worth more than $90 million.

APHIS is committed to removing trade barriers related to animal and plant health concerns, protecting and expanding existing markets, and opening new market access for U.S. agricultural exports. See below for more information on the outcomes of APHIS' efforts on behalf of exporters in FY2012 or click on the links to the right to learn more about the services APHIS provides for agricultural exporters.


Jan 26, 2015 Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Expanded Market Access for U.S. Grown Apples to China; Agreement expected to boost apple exports by $100 million per year

Aug 22, 2014  USDA Reopens Chinese Market Access for California Citrus


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March 14, 2017 First permanent live animal exports to Qatar from US are approved. APHIS estimates horse export market up to $2 million per year.

September 6, 2016 APHIS negotiates new market access for bovine semen to Kenya. Market estimated at $200K annually

September 2, 2016 APHIS opens Australia market for US apricots, bolstering the stone fruit market worth $20 million 

June 22, 2016 APHIS US retains market for exports of hides and bone chips thru EU. Market value is $25 million annually.

June 20, 2016 APHIS US opens market for exports of hay and straw to Denmark. Market value estimated at $5 million annually.

June 6, 2016 APHIS assists in opening Israeli market to US bovine blood products. Market estimated at $500k annually and growing.

June 1, 2016 Kenya opens to US blueberry plants which could result in one million plant exports over the next 5 years.

April 1, 2016 APHIS opens market for treated hides and skins of ungulates to Serbia. Market value at $5 million per year.

February 23, 2016 APHIS expands exports of pet food to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Market value estimated at $5 million per year

January 25, 2016 US & South Africa reach final export agreement for U.S. pork, beef, poultry. Exports estimated at $75 million annually.

January 7, 2016 APHIS helps to expand beef exports to Colombia, increasing export value to $15-20 million per year.

January 6, 2016 APHIS opens market to export treated hides and skins to Bosnia, Herzegovina. Market. estimated at $5 million per year

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APHIS Trade Blogs

April 9, 2013 New Export Markets, New Opportunities for Rural America

Mar 15, 2013 USA Pears Enter the Chinese Market for the First Time
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May 31, 2012 APHIS works to reopen Chinese export market for Virginia and South Carolina logs

April 2, 2012 Removing Barriers to Trade Benefits Our Farmers, Businesses


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