APHIS Office - Cape Town, South Africa

APHIS Office - Cape Town, South Africa

The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Cape Town office and the APHIS-Pretoria office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in South Africa.

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and South Africa has created a vital role for APHIS ensuring that new trade opportunities are realized and that existing trade between the two economies flows smoothly. The APHIS Cape Town office focuses on Plant Protection and Quarantine responsibilities and maintains technical working relationships with our South African counterparts to resolve Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues whenever they arise. This relationship contributes to maintaining the success of agricultural trade-related commercial activities between the two economies, helping ensure they thrive.

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 South African ports of entry.

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 South Africa 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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