APHIS works to protect the health and value of American agriculture and natural resources. APHIS International Services (IS) supports this mission in an international environment by: (1) collaborating with foreign partners to control pests and diseases before they can harm the U.S.; (2) facilitating safe agricultural trade; (3) ensuring effective and efficient management of internationally-based programs; and (4) investing in international capacity-building with foreign counterparts to build technical and regulatory skills that prevent the spread of damaging pests and diseases.
Mar. 25, 2019 - U.S. agricultural exports to the 28 member countries of the European Union rose 18% to $13.5 billion in 2018. This increase made the EU the third largest market for U.S. agricultural exports last year (after Canada and Mexico). In 2017, the EU was only the 5th largest market, with U.S. agricultural exports worth $11.4 billion. Soybeans and soybean meal accounted for almost all ($1.8 billion out of $2.1 billion) of the increase of U.S. agricultural exports to the EU in 2018. Soybean exports to the EU increased 88% in 2018 to $3.3 billion, while soybean meal exports jumped 255% to $357 million. The remainder of the increase was accounted for by tractors and, to a lesser extent, feed grains (mostly corn).
Mar. 25, 2019 - USDA -Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) updated trade data reveals that in calendar year 2018 U.S. agriculture exports were up slightly from 2017. The United States exported $139.6 billion worth of farm goods last year, an increase of 1% over the $138.1 billion in CY2017. There was strong growth in worldwide corn exports, which were up 36.9% to $12.48 billion, as well as cotton, which increased by 12.5% to $6.57 billion. The increase is despite a sharp decline in soybean exports, which fell from $21.45 billion in 2017 to $17.1 billion in 2018, mostly on weaker demand in China.
Mar. 15, 2019 - The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCE) has agreed to release three shipments of U.S. milled rice, valued at more than $200,000, which had been detained in Dubai. APHIS worked with UAE officials on the acceptance of various post-departure certificates to facilitate the trade. U.S. agricultural exports to the UAE were worth $1 billion in 2018.
Mar. 15, 2019 - Taiwan’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) has recognized APHIS’ system for approving U.S. facilities to produce bulk porcine- and poultry-origin ingredients and authorized market access for these products. This allows for bulk shipments of animal-origin ingredients used in the production of pet food and animal feed to be exported to Taiwan. Additionally, APHIS can now approve on behalf of BAPHIQ U.S. facilities to export the bulk ingredients to Taiwan. Exports could potentially reach $20 million annually.