APHIS Office - Montevideo, Uruguay

APHIS Office - Montevideo, Uruguay

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

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Uruguay 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 Montevideo office maintains technical working relationships with our Uruguayan 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 Uruguayan 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 Uruguay 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.


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Ricardo Romero, Agricultural Scientist

Countries of Responsibility: Uruguay and Paraguay

Location News

  • U.S. Agricultural Machinery to Uruguay

    Dec. 15, 2017 - Since October, APHIS/IS Montevideo has received an increased number of noncompliance reports from Uruguay due to the presence of pests and soil on used agricultural machinery imported from the United States. Uruguay notified APHIS about a new phytosanitary certificate (PC) requirement for all imported used agricultural machinery early this year. Upon implementation of this new policy, Uruguay increased the inspection of all imports. To date, eight ag-machines have been found noncompliant, and another 11 are on hold due to the absence of a PC. APHIS is working with local importers and U.S. inspectors to improve cleaning and disinfection methods and updating the phytosanitary export database to reflect Uruguay’s new requirements. The value of the machinery affected by the new measures exceeds $1 million.

  • APHIS Contributes to Major Opening of Markets for U.S. Exporters to Paraguay

    Nov. 7, 2017 - On October 11, APHIS IS announced the approval of several export health certificates that would allow U.S. exporters to ship beef, pork, and poultry, as well as ten other export certificates issued by APHIS Veterinary Services, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, and USDA Agricultural marketing Service. APHIS International Services and Veterinary Services played a key role in the US Government efforts to open these markets, collaborating with other USDA agencies. At the same time, APHIS provided Paraguay’s National Service of Animal Health and Quality (SENACSA) with a letter from VS RES informing them that the risk assessment for the importation of chilled or frozen deboned beef was completed with favorable results. APHIS advised Paraguay it would be proceeding with the regulatory process. The Paraguayans are eager and optimistic to finalize their market access, which will require completing the FSIS equivalency process along with the publication of an APHIS notice.

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