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.




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 Finalizes New Protocol for U.S. Alfalfa Hay

    Dec. 15, 2017 - On November 6, ahead of the visit by President Trump, the U.S. Ambassador to China and China’s Minister of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) met in Beijing to sign the revised protocol for U.S. alfalfa hay. APHIS and AQSIQ worked to revise the protocol to ensure continued access for a market worth more than $345 million in FY 2016. APHIS is coordinating with AQSIQ to have the protocol initialed by PPQ and the AQSIQ counterpart during the upcoming U.S.-China plant health bilateral meeting in Sanya, China. 

  • 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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