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, Argentina and Paraguay

Location News

  • U.S. Bovine Semen and Embryo to Uruguay

    June 19, 2017 - The Uruguayan Embassy provided APHIS with updated certificates for the importation of Bovine semen and embryos from the United State to Uruguay. The updated certificates are the result of discussion between APHIS and Uruguay and will facilitate U.S. exports by easing conditions for exports. The market for this U.S. products to Uruguay is valued at $1,000,000.

  • Bone-in-lamb from Uruguay

    Oct. 12, 2017 - On September 12, APHIS published a final rule allowing Uruguayan bone-in lamb exports to the United States. The rule takes effect October 12. The new rule requires Uruguay to meet strict U.S. animal health requirements and is a milestone sought by Uruguay since May 2014, when Uruguay presented its formal proposal.  Access to the U.S. market for high-quality bone-in lamb has been Uruguay’s highest-priority trade goal. Uruguay’s initial exports of will be relatively small. Uruguayan officials expect U.S. market access to jump-start bone-in lamb trade to other markets as more Uruguayan farmers adapt their lamb exports to strict U.S. standards. According to read outs from the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay, this market opening resulted in very positive high-level official and public perception of the United States.

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