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.
Aug. 27, 2018 - On June 26, Peru published in its official register, El Peruano, the phytosanitary requirements necessary to allow for the import of poinsettia plants and cuttings originating in and coming from the United States. Peru has also notified these requirements to the World Trade Organization. The new requirements became effective June 30. Each shipment must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by APHIS. There will be a three month post-entry quarantine process during which the material undergoes inspection at the place of production.
Aug. 23, 2018 - On August 7, the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Lisa Peterson, met with Associate Deputy Administrator Dr. Alan Dowdy. The parties discussed market access opportunities under the African and Opportunity Act (AGOA) trade preference program, including Swazi citrus to the United States. Agriculture, forestry and mining comprise 13% of the nation’s GDP. eSwatini is a small, but promising market for U.S. agricultural intermediate products and an important player in the Southern African Customs Union.
Aug. 23, 2018 - APHIS has finalized an agreement with Ukraine on a new certificate for the export of U.S. pet food to Ukraine. The new certificate retains and expands the market by removing problematic limitations of the previous certificate, including a requirement for the pet food to be heat treated. Further, the new certificate contains changes required by the reorganization of Ukraine’s Veterinary Services, and changes to international standards and APHIS regulations regarding bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The value of this trade accomplishment is estimated at $20 million per year.
July 23, 2018 - USDA agencies (AMS, APHIS, FAS, and FSIS) have finalized protocols with Japan to allow a resumption in the export of ovine and caprine meat and meat products to Japan for human consumption. These exports had been prohibited since the detection of BSE in the United States in 2003. Exports are expected to reach $1 million annually.