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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

Location News

  • APHIS Facilitates Exports of Animal Products to Ireland

    Oct. 16, 2018 - A delegation from APHIS (VS and IS) and FAS met with officials from the Irish animal health authority responsible for animal health requirements for the import of animal products into Ireland. The Irish officials explained procedures for importers to obtain written confirmation of import requirements as well as confirmation of actions necessary to gain release of on hold shipments. This information will help APHIS and industry in both minimizing the number of consignments that are held at the port of entry into Ireland, and in gaining release of held consignments. Irish import requirements for the following commodities were discussed, facilitating their export:  Pet food; mink skins/furs; materials for the manufacture of gelatin and collagen for human consumption; byproducts for technical purposes (e.g. for pharmaceutical purposes); used cooking oil; tallow for technical purposes; blood products; and intermediate products. Some aspects of the requirements for import of these commodities are not entirely harmonized at the European Union level, requiring negotiation with individual European countries to establish effective protocols for trade.



  • APHIS Expands U.S. Exports of Pet Food to the European Union

    Oct. 16, 2018 - APHIS has reached agreement with Dutch officials on supplementary certification to be provided by the Dutch government for palatability enhancers derived from chicken to be exported to the United States from the Netherlands and then used in pet food manufactured in the United States for export to the European Union. Previously, the Dutch were only providing the certification necessary for the palatability enhancers to enter the United States, but this certification did not meet the European Union’s requirements for them to be incorporated into U.S. pet food for export to the European Union without further heat treatment in the United States (which was not practical for the type of pet food for which industry wants to use the palatability enhancers). The estimated value of this export accomplishment is $10 million per year.

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