The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Hanoi, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Hanoi office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Vietnam.
Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Vietnam 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 Hanoi office maintains technical working relationships with our Thai 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 Thai 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 Thailand 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.
Conrad Estrada, Area Director
Countries of Responsibility: Vietnam
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Dec. 15, 2017 - On November 29, APHIS published a final rule that will allow the importation of fresh mango fruit from Vietnam into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, fresh mango fruit from Vietnam will be subject to a systems approach that includes orchard or packinghouse requirements, irradiation treatment, and port of entry inspection. The final rule is effective on December 29, 2017.
Dec. 15, 2017 - Since the end of October, more than 20,000 tons of U.S. DDGs have successfully entered Vietnam, with the expectation that exports will reach the 50,000 ton mark by the end of November. On September 1, Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Plant Protection Department (PPD) informed APHIS of their decision to lift the suspension on U.S. DDGs that was put in place in December, 2017. In 2016, DDG’s to Vietnam reached $230 million; due to the closure, 2017 exports only amounted to $2.5 million by September. With the adoption of new fumigation requirements and the continued cooperation between USDA and MARD the market is expected to fully recover in 2018.