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
April 26, 2017 - APHIS International Services and USDA Foreign Agricultural Service met with Indonesia’s Center for Plant Quarantine and Biosafety Director and his team to request updates on the U.S. market access request for fresh potatoes and the renewal for the U.S. fresh foods of plant origin (FFPO) recognition.
Apr. 1, 2017 - USDA successfully expanded access for U.S. beef by removing the longstanding bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) restrictions that required an AMS Export Verification (EV) Program that limited exports to boneless cuts derived from cattle under 30 months of age. This success comes after years of negotiations between USDA and the Department of Livestock and Development (DLD). The new agreement allows bone-in and boneless beef from cattle of any age slaughtered on or after April 1, 2017 to be exported to Thailand, which means an AMS EV program is no longer required. USDA hopes to continue efforts to gain full market access for U.S. beef to Thailand to include beef offal and beef offal products. In FY 2016, the United States shipped $2.4 million worth of boneless beef through the AMS EV program to Thailand.