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.

Contact Us

 
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Murali Bandla, Regional Manager

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

 


Location News

  • U.S. Milled Rice to China Protocol Signed

    August 3, 2017 - On July 19, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) Minister Li and USDA/TFAA Hafemeister signed the protocol that will allow U.S. milled rice to be exported to China. The protocol was originally finalized and initialed during the U.S.-China Plant Health Bilateral in 2015; however, China held off on signing until it underwent a legal review. With the protocol signed, AQSIQ now needs to complete an audit of U.S. rice facilities before U.S. exporters can begin shipments. This has been a target export market for the U.S. rice industry, as China has become the world’s largest consumer of rice, importing over $1.6 billion in 2016.

  • China Participates in AI Training and Audit

    Aug. 3, 2017 - On July 5-17, APHIS hosted a delegation of Chinese officials from AQSIQ and the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) for a training course followed by an audit of the U.S. poultry system. APHIS organized a 3-day poultry emergency response course conducted by the University of Delaware. The Chinese delegation expressed particular interest in wild bird surveillance and testing procedures. Following the course, APHIS and U.S. industry facilitated an audit of the U.S. poultry system, where APHIS provided a comprehensive review of the U.S. avian influenza surveillance and response system and presented a proposed HPAI protocol for China’s consideration.

     

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