The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Bangkok, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Bangkok office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Thailand.
Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Thailand has created a vital role for APHIS ensuring that new trade opportunities are realized and that existing trade between the two economies flows smoothly. The APHIS Bangkok office maintains technical working relationships with our Thai counterparts to resolve Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues whenever they arise. This relationship contributes to maintaining the success of agricultural trade-related commercial activities between the two economies, helping ensure they thrive.
In addition, our office maintains direct contact with industry trade groups, importers and exporters in order to assist and facilitate resolution of trade-related issues as they occur at Thai ports of entry.
Finally, as a principle role of APHIS is to make sure the United States and our trading partners adhere to the SPS rules set forth by the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as the other relevant international standards-setting organizations, APHIS' role will continue to increase as the United States and Thailand continue to expand their current trade relationships and establish new partnerships into the foreseeable future.
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is a multifaceted Agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. These efforts support the overall mission of USDA, which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues.
Jeffrey Willnow, Area Director
Countries of Responsibility: Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia and East Timor, Brunei and Laos
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Contact office for: Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, East Timor
Apr. 6, 2018 - On March 21, Myanmar’s Plant Protection Division (PPD) granted market access for U.S. citrus and cherries. On March 14, APHIS provided the technical information and pest lists for fresh U.S. citrus fruit (from Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas) and U.S. cherries (from California and the Pacific Northwest States of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) to meet PPD 2016 implementation of a new quarantine regulation requiring pest risk assessments (PRA) for all new and historically traded plant products for importation into Myanmar. In 2017, U.S. fresh fruit exports to Myanmar reached over $1 million.
Apr. 6, 2018 - On March 29, APHIS published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to allow the importation of fresh pummelo fruit from Thailand into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, fresh pummelo fruit from Thailand would be subject to a systems approach that would include irradiation treatment, packinghouse processing requirements, and port of entry inspection. The fruit would also be required to be imported in commercial consignments and be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Thailand. APHIS is accepting comments on the proposed rule until May 29, 2018.