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.
Conrad Estrada, Acting Area Director (in Hanoi, Vietnam)
Lou Vanechanos, new Asia 2 Regional Manager (arrives September 2018)
Countries of Responsibility: Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and East Timor, and Brunei
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Contact office for: Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, East Timor
June 1, 2018 - APHIS's Plant Protection and Quarantine and International Services met with the Indonesian Agricultural Quarantine Agency (IAQA) for a Plant Health Bilateral Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia. APHIS issues included agreement on market access for U.S. fresh fruit from California and regularization of market access for U.S potatoes. APHIS and IAQA successfully reached agreement on the protocol for U.S. potatoes, it will become effective upon signature by both parties. Indonesian issues included their top priority of new market access for Indonesian pineapples, IAQA’s request for APHIS’ assistance in developing a system to exchange E-Phyto’s, and a request to continue collaboration on capacity building efforts for Indonesia as well as other ASEAN countries. The U.S. delegation also had the opportunity to participate in an informational visit to the pineapple growing areas of Lampung. In 2017, U.S. potato sales to Indonesia were 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.