The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Manila, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Manila office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the Philippines.
Growing agricultural trade between the United States and the Philippines 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 Manila office maintains technical working relationships with our Filipino 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 Filipino 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 the Philippines 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.
George A. Ball, Area Officer
Countries of Responsibility: Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Pacific Islands (including, but not a full listing) American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna
Aug. 27, 2018 - In August, Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) notified APHIS of their approval for a new treatment option for mitigation of bean thrips in California navel oranges and mandarins. Effective August 14, fumigation with phosphine will now be a treatment option. California navel orange and mandarin packers currently use a systems approach based on two packinghouse fumigations of CropFume to reduce the number of bean thrips. After a spike in detections, DAWR notified APHIS in 2016 that an alternative mitigation measure was needed as they would no longer tolerate bean thrip detections in California citrus. At its peak, California navel oranges and mandarins reached $27 million in 2015.
June 1, 2018 - On May 17, Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) and APHIS reached agreement on updated language for certificates for the export of U.S. dairy products to Australia. These dairy products include products of caprine, ovine, and bovine origin, as well as cheese and butter. The updated language reflects an additional statement regarding colostrum for human consumption that should facilitate further trade between the United States and Australia and decrease the number of shipments being held at Australian ports of entry. Dairy exports to Australia are already quite substantial, totaling $185 million in 2017.