APHIS Office - Guatemala City, Guatemala

APHIS Office - Guatemala City, Guatemala

The Medfly Program staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Guatemala City, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Guatemala office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Guatemala.

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Guatemala 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 Guatemala City Medfly office maintains technical working relationships with our Guatemalan 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 Guatemalan 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 Guatemala continue to expand their current trade relationships and establish new partnerships into the foreseeable future.

 

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About APHIS

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.

 

Contact Us

 

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Antonio Arroyave, Executive Director Medfly Programs

 

Countries of Responsibility: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, & Belize


Location News

  • Honduras Agriculture Minister Visit

    Nov. 7, 2017 - On September 26, Honduran Minister of Agriculture Paz met with APHIS Acting Administrator Michael Gregoire. The Minister provided APHIS with an official request to declare a medfly free zone in the Aguan River Valley of Honduras, where papaya, avocado, pepper, and tomato are grown for export markets. The Minister acknowledged the assistance received from APHIS regarding fruit fly mitigation strategies. Additionally, the Minister sought an update from APHIS regarding its review of Honduras’ Newcastle disease-free status in support of its ambitions to export poultry meat to the United States. Honduras is addressing APHIS Veterinary Services’ recommendations from an earlier site visit and expects to be ready for a follow-up visit after March 2018.

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