APHIS Office - Brasilia, Brazil

APHIS Office - Brasilia, Brazil

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

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Brazil 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 Brasilia office maintains technical working relationships with our Brazilian 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 Brazilian 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 Brazil 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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John Gilmore, Area Director

Countries of Responsibility: Brazil, Guyanas, Surinam

Location News

  • Shipment of Day-Old Chicks to Brazil Released

    Dec. 15, 2017 - APHIS/IS was contacted by a U.S. poultry exporter requesting assistance on the release of a shipment of day-old chicks (DOC) detained at the Viracopos Airport in Brazil due to mislabled boxes. APHIS/IS contacted Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply (MAPA) headquarters to obtain clarification regarding this labeling requirement, which was unknown to APHIS and U.S. exporters. As a result of APHIS intervention, MAPA agreed to release the shipment, under the condition that U.S. exporters would observe all requirements and correct labeling specifications in future shipments. The value of this single shipment is estimated at $67,000 and exports of hatching eggs and DOC exceeded $18 million in FY17.



  • Brazil Citrus

    Dec. 15, 2017 - On November 17, APHIS International Services communicated to Brazilian plant health authorities that APHIS had prepared and published for public consultation a draft pest risk assessment (PRA) for Citrus spp. grown in Brazil. Brazilian citrus is not currently authorized for importation. During the last bilateral meeting in May 2017, APHIS provided Brazil with a list of pests of concern. The published draft PRA includes 16 pests which present a medium or high likelihood of introduction and would have to be mitigated before imports Brazilian citrus can be authorized. The document is open for comment until December 20, 2017 and it marks a major step forward toward resolution of a top Brazilian market access request.




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