The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Islamabad, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Islamabad office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Pakistan.
Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Pakistan 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 Islamabad office maintains technical working relationships with our Pakistani 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 Pakistani 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 Pakistan 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.
Lottie Erikson, Plant Health Attaché
Countries of Responsibility: Pakistan
June 16, 2017 - USTR met with Pakistani officials under the auspices of the U.S.-Pakistan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). APHIS International Services and USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service participated in a discussion that covered export conditions for U.S. soybeans, distiller's dried grains, pulses, and chickpeas. Also discussed was the status for approval of a new U.S. phytosanitary irradiation treatment facility for Pakistan mangoes.