APHIS Office - Beijing, China

APHIS Office - Beijing, China

The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Beijing, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Beijing office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the People's Republic of China.

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and China 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 Beijing office maintains technical working relationships with our Chinese 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 Chinese 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 China continue to expand their current trade relationships and establish new partnerships into the foreseeable future.

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About APHIS

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.

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Murali Bandla, Regional Manager

Countries of Responsibility: Asia-Pacific Region; Area Office - China, Hong Kong, Macau & Mongolia

 


Location News

  • China Reorganizes Cabinet

    Mar. 26, 2018 - China has unveiled plans for a significant reshuffle of the State Council, or cabinet. Several existing departments will be consolidated into the new Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), which will replace the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA). The APHIS counterpart agency, the General Administration of Quality, Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) will have its role split; entry/exit inspection and quarantine functions will be transferred to the General Administration of Customs, while other operations will fall under the new General Administration of Market Supervision. This agency will oversee food safety in addition to market supervision, certification, and anti-monopoly regulations. MOA and AQSIQ have not provided any information on whether their current leadership or technical staff will retain their positions in the new structure or if APHIS will have a new slate of official counterparts. There are also two new sub-ministerial departments relevant to agriculture. The State Forestry and Grasslands Administration, which will manage Chinese forests and fall under the new Ministry of Natural Resources. The National Grain and Material Reserve Administration will manage central reserves of grain, cotton, and sugar; it will fall under the auspices of the National Development and Reform Commission. The proposed changes will leave the State Council with 26 ministries and commissions, down from 34 current ministry-level departments. The National People’s Congress is expected to pass the changes before the end of March.

  • China Finalizes New Protocol for U.S. Live Horses

    Dec. 15, 2017 - On November 6, the U.S. Ambassador to China and China’s AQSIQ Minister signed the revised protocol for U.S. live horses. The previous import requirements for U.S. horses was agreed in September 1994, but China unexpectedly closed the market in September 2015. Prior to agreement on the new protocol at the September 2017 U.S.-China animal health meeting in Riverdale, APHIS/VS collaborated with APHIS/IS, NVSL, the Kentucky Field Office, and various State and industry stakeholders to facilitate a Chinese audit of the U.S. equine industry and APHIS’ oversight/control of equine infectious anemia. The new protocol will allow for increased exports of U.S. equines based on the current testing and vaccination practices of industry. Exports of U.S. horses to China were $2 million in FY 2015, and industry is estimating that the reopened market could reach $10 million.  

     

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