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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

  • Recovery of Market Access for U.S. Poultry to Kuwait, Jordan, and Iraq

    June 1, 2018 - Between April 16 and May 2, the governments of Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan lifted highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) trade restrictions on U.S. poultry and products from Missouri, Texas, Indiana, and Tennessee. Taken together, these markets were valued at $80 million in 2017. On May 2, Kuwait’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued an administrative decree to lift trade restrictions on U.S. poultry and products from Missouri and Texas, a $13 million market. Iraq lifted trade restrictions on U.S. poultry and products from Texas on April 22 ($59 million); and Jordan’s Veterinary Services lifted a ban on U.S. poultry from Indiana and Tennessee on April 16 ($8 million).

  • New Market Access for U.S. Poultry to Morocco

    June 1, 2018 - APHIS concluded animal health discussions with Moroccan counterparts to open the market for U.S. poultry meat and meat products. This success follows 14 years of negotiation and impacts a market estimated at $15 million annually. The talks were facilitated by USTR as part of a technical working group under the U.S.-Morocco FTA, and included APHIS, FSIS and FAS representatives. Federal interagency partners collaborated and held consultations with external stakeholders, including the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC). U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires Stephanie Miley welcomed and supported the U.S. team for a positive final outcome. APHIS will continue to work with Moroccan counterparts to help build regulatory capacity through technical cooperation, safeguarding initiatives, and greater understanding of U.S. industry operations.

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