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, Regional Manager
Countries of Responsibility: Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, Vietnam, 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
Nov. 7, 2017 - On October 3, APHIS published a final rule to allow the importation of fresh persimmons from New Zealand. As a condition of entry, the persimmons must be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for orchard certification, orchard pest control, post-harvest safeguards, fruit culling, traceback, sampling, and treatment with either hot water or modified atmosphere treatment. The persimmons will also have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that they were produced under, and meet all the components of, the systems approach and were inspected and found to be free of quarantine pests in accordance with the requirements. The rule is effective November 2, 2017.
Oct. 12, 2017 - On September 14, Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and Resources (DAWR) accepted revised certificates for the export of U.S. dairy products to Australia. DAWR had previously modified Australian import requirements for dairy products to require the statement that the milk originates from a country free from foot and mouth disease without vaccination. For dairy products that may be diverted to animal feed, DAWR is also currently requiring a statement that bovine origin dairy products do not contain colostrum. APHIS and DAWR discussed the issue during the February 2016 bilateral, and APHIS followed up those discussions with an updated proposed certificate. The new certificates contain an updated freedom from foot and mouth disease (without vaccination) attestation and a product list in the manufacturer’s declaration. The updated certificate for bovine origin dairy products contains a statement concerning colostrum content. These revised certificates will streamline exports of dairy to Australia, and help exporters build on an overall market valued at $103 million in 2016.