APHIS Office - Brussels, Belgium

APHIS Office - Brussels, Belgium

The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is collocated with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Brussels office. We represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the European Union. Operationally, APHIS-Brussels houses the APHIS Regional Office for Europe, Africa and the Middle East and the APHIS European Union Area Office. The mission of the Regional Office is to provide technical SPS leadership, management and coordination of zoosanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues with the European Union, Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Africa. To accomplish the mission of the APHIS Brussels Office to the EU, APHIS works as part of the US-EU Mission in close cooperation with Chief Veterinary Officers and plant health directors from individual Member States. 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 EU ports of entry. Both offices work in close cooperation with international standard-setting organizations, such as the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), based in Paris, and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), headquartered in Rome.

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and the EU has created a vital role for APHIS to ensure new trade opportunities are realized and that existing trade between the two economies flows smoothly.

Finally, APHIS's role will continue to increase as the United States and the European Union 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 mision 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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Mark Prescott and Cynthia Duerr, Acting Regional Managers for Europe, Africa and the Middle East
International Services, APHIS, USDA
US Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium

Countries of Responsibility: Andorra, *Austria, *Belgium, *Bulgaria, *Cyprus Southern (Greek), Cyprus Northern (Turkish), *Czech Republic, *Denmark (Faroe Islands and Greenland), European Commission and member Representatives, *Estonia, *Finland, *France (Bassas da India, Europa Island, Glorioso Islands, Ile Amsterdam, Iles Crozet, Ile Kerguelen, Ile Saint-Paul, Juan De Nova Island, Mayotte, Reunion and Tromelin Island), *Germany (Helgoland), *Greece (Crete), *Hungary, Iceland, *Ireland, Israel, *Italy, *Latvia, Liechtenstein, *Lithuania, *Luxembourg, *Malta, Monaco, *Netherlands, Norway (Jan Mayen, Svalbard and Bouvet Island), Palestinian Authority (West Bank and Gaza Strip), *Poland, *Portugal (Azores and Madeira Islands), *Romania, San Marino, *Slovakia, *Slovenia, *Spain (Canary Islands, Ceuta, and Melilla), *Sweden, Switzerland, *United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, South Shetland Islands, South Orkneys, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, Tristan da Cunha and Ascension and British Indian Ocean Territory), and Vatican City.

* + 27 European Union countries

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  • United Kingdom and European Union Reach a Partial Brexit Transition Deal

    Apr. 6, 2018 - On March 19, UK and EU negotiators reached an agreement on the terms of a Brexit transition period. Businesses have been eager to firmly fix the details of this new draft withdrawal agreement to navigate the period immediately after Brexit. Under the draft agreement, the transition period would last from the date of UK leaving the EU on March 29, 2019 until the end of 2020. During this time, the UK would still be subject almost entirely to EU laws and requirements, including those for the import of agricultural products. While it is believed the UK will have the right during this transition period to negotiate trade agreements with the United States and other countries outside the EU, any agreements deviating from EU requirements would not take effect until after the transition period ends on December 31, 2020. U.K. officials have been trying to secure binding commitments from the EU because producers, exporters, and other businesses want to make the transition as solid and useful as possible; however, they are increasingly aware that the March 19 draft agreement is only a political commitment, and not legally binding until the final withdrawal instrument is signed in early 2019.



  • APHIS Meets with EU Officials on Exports of Animal Byproducts

    Mar. 26, 2018 - APHIS Veterinary Services and International Services held meetings in Brussels with officials from the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) to discuss proposed changes to the EU’s regulation on animal byproducts not for human consumption. This highly complex regulation impacts about $500 million worth of U.S. exports to the EU. The discussions with DG SANTE were aimed at retaining and expanding markets for exports of several products threatened by the upcoming changes. The actual size of potential trade disruptions are much bigger since many non-EU countries in Europe, such as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine are adopting EU import requirements because they are either candidates to join the EU or have concluded a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) with the EU. Others, such as Iceland, Switzerland, and Greenland automatically adopt any changes that the EU implements. The meetings achieved concrete results in terms of market retention and avoiding potential trade disruptions through negotiation of a longer transition period.

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