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.
June 15, 2017 - Most of Mexico's exports to the U.S. are “raw” products, including fruits and vegetables. Because these may harbor fruit flies and other exotic pests, it is critical to have reliable phytosanitary measures in place to regulate this trade. International Services (IS) Mexico City office oversees 10 other offices in Mexico and works closely with the U.S. Embassy Mexico to ensure proper agricultural safeguarding measures are in place with our nation’s largest agricultural trading partner. The U.S. exported $18 billion in agricultural products to Mexico in 2016 while importing $23 billion.
June 15, 2017 - The US Ambassador to Panama, John Feeley; along with APHIS Veterinary Services Administrator, Dr. Jack Shere; and IS Associate Deputy Administrator, Rebecca Bech praised the work of the US-Panama Cooperative Screwworm Program (COPEG) staff in a June 7, 2017 ceremony at the COPEG facility in Panama.
June 15, 2017 - Vampire bats' ability to carry the rabies virus and cross borders makes them a threat to U.S. cattle, sheep, horses, pigs, pets, and wildlife. Damage to livestock potentially can run into the millions. Evidence that vampire bats are moving north and will eventually enter the United States calls for close collaboration between American authorities and their Mexican counterparts.
June 2017 - Because feral swine roam along both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border, the Animal and Plant Health Service’s (APHIS) International Services (IS) Mexico City office playing a major role in countering this animal. This effort is a major part of IS’s worldwide mission of fostering collaboration with foreign countries to control pests and diseases before they can enter the United States and helping those countries to build the technical skills to prevent the spread of such diseases.