APHIS Office - Cairo, Egypt

APHIS Office - Cairo, Egypt

The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Cairo, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Cairo office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Government in Egypt. APHIS-Cairo facilitates trade, safeguarding and capacity building in the Middle East, North and East Africa.

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and a geopolitically and economically important area has created a vital role for APHIS-Cairo. We ensure that new trade opportunities are realized and that existing trade between the various economies flows smoothly, that U.S. agriculture is safeguarded from the threat of animal and plant diseases and pests in this mixing bowl of international trade and that the capacity of infrastructure of the animal and plant health services of the countries covered is strengthened. APHIS-Cairo maintains technical working relationships with our foreign counterparts to resolve Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues related to plant or animal health whenever they arise. These relationships contribute to maintaining the success of agricultural trade-related commercial activities between the U.S. and trading partners in the area, helping ensure they thrive.

In addition, our office maintains direct contact with stakeholders in order to assist and facilitate resolution of trade-related issues as they occur at ports of entry within the area of responsibility .

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 countries of the area 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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Countries of Responsibility: Middle East, North & East Africa, Algeria, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Authority (Animal Health), Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Yemen


Location News

  • Tunisia Accepts U.S. Health Certificate for Poultry

    Jan. 29, 2018 -  On January 24, APHIS Veterinary Services and Tunisian counterparts reached agreement on a health certificate for U.S. chicken and turkey day-old chicks and hatching eggs. This represents a new market worth an estimated $400,000 or more a year.

  • Egypt TIFA Meeting Held

    Jan. 29, 2018 - USTR and Egyptian Trade Ministry counterparts met under the auspices of the U.S.-Egypt Trade Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) to resolve trade issues of mutual interest. In the SPS area, these included market access for U.S. seed potato. Egypt has ongoing interests in U.S. market access for Egyptian citrus, mango, green beans, and fresh pepper. USTR, FAS, and APHIS also met with representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce, who discussed progress on Egypt’s participation in Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area, a market with a combined GDP of $2.2 trillion. Total two-way agricultural trade between the United States and Egypt approximates $838 million (2017).

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