APHIS Office - Brussels, Belgium

APHIS Office - Brussels, Belgium

The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is located at the 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 counterparts from the European Commission and the animal 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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Vacant, Regional Manager 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 Byproducts to the European Union

    Oct. 12, 2017 - APHIS reached an agreement with EU officials to allow continued use of ingredients imported from New Zealand in animal by-products for export to the EU. Historically, the EU had required these ingredients to be certified by New Zealand with language referencing Regulation (EC) 2003/56. However, New Zealand was no longer willing to provide this certification because of a change in their equivalency agreement with the EU. Therefore, APHIS had to modify our agreement with the EU to allow New Zealand to provide alternative certification for ingredients intended for the manufacture of animal byproducts in the United States for export to the EU. The estimated value of this market retention is $5 million per year.



  • APHIS Facilitates Animal By-products Exports to the United Kingdom

    August 22, 2017 - On August 16-17, APHIS VS, IS, and FAS/London met with UK officials to discuss improving conditions for U.S. exporters of animal by-products.  The first day of meetings with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Food Standards Agency (FSA) allowed APHIS to better understand UK import requirements and ways to facilitate market access for the United States. USDA and Defra also discussed ways to work towards the common goal of more streamlined and coherent EU import requirements.  APHIS then met with officials from the five main UK border inspection posts (BIPs) that handle imports of animal by-products from the United States to provide information and assurances in order to minimize future problems with held shipments.  APHIS explained how it certifies these exports and responded to questions posed about specific by-products like pet food, blood products, by-products for further manufacture, and antibodies. APHIS also learned about UK import procedures, including ways to reduce the number of held or rejected shipments, handling of diagnostic and research samples, and what products are imported through specific BIPs.  The UK border officials were particularly impressed with the detail and accuracy of the APHIS IREGS, which provided further assurances about the robustness of U.S. export guarantees. 

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