The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Bogota, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Bogota office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Colombia.
Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Colombia 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 Bogota office maintains technical working relationships with our Colombian 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 Colombian 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 Colombia 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.
Marc C. Gilkey, Regional Manager
Countries of Responsibility: Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela
Oct. 1, 2018 - Newly-appointed Ambassador Francisco Santos and Trade Minister Restrepo met with Under Secretary McKinney to review the status of bilateral agriculture trade issues and to offer full cooperation in resolving technical impediments to access for U.S. strawberry plants and pomegranates. They also sought USDA support to finalize import conditions for Colombian peppers and expressed appreciation for the recent authorization of Colombian citrus exports to the United States. U/S McKinney noted that the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement and upcoming Presidential visit to Bogota were indicative of the importance of our bilateral relationship and that it provides the foundation for resolving issues. The United States and Colombia have balanced two-way agriculture trade worth more than $5 billion in FY17.
Oct. 16, 2018 - Colombia’s Minister of Agriculture, Andres Valencia Pinzon, has announced the appointment of its new General Director of the Colombian Institute for Agriculture (ICA), Dr. Deyanira Barrero León, Dr. Barrero was formerly ICA’s Deputy Administrator of Animal Health. During the past 5 years she served as the Regional Animal Health Officer at the FAO in Chile.