APHIS Office - New Delhi, India

APHIS Office - New Delhi, India

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

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and India 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 New Delhi office maintains technical working relationships with our Indian 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 Indian 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 India 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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Dr. Sharon Williams, Area Director

Countries of Responsibility: India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan & Afghanistan

Location News

  • India Agrees to Health Certificates to Allow U.S. Live Poultry and Poultry Products

    March 19, 2018 - USTR confirmed with India’s Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries (DADF) that bilateral health certificates for the export of U.S. live poultry, poultry products, and commodities have been agreed. This follows years of negotiations at multiple levels as well as the WTO case that the United States won in 2015. In November 2017, the United States hosted a delegation of Indian officials for certificate discussions and an audit of the U.S. poultry system. This accomplishment was a collaborative effort that involved APHIS-VS, APHIS-IS, FSIS, AMS, FAS, and USTR. With the certificates now finalized, the U.S. poultry industry is expected to begin shipping commodities from various sectors immediately. India’s large population has U.S. industry hoping to see exports reach $300 million per year.

  • India Formally Requests Access for Carabeef to the United States

    Jan. 29, 2018 - On January 10, India sent an official request to APHIS for access for Indian fresh bovine meat, specifically carabeef (water buffalo meat), to the United States. Now that APHIS has the formal request in hand, an animal health assessment of India’s control measures will begin. Once APHIS completes the animal health assessment, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will conduct a public health assessment since carabeef is defined as an exotic animal product and does not fall under the jurisdiction of USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS). India’s foot-and-mouth disease problems present a significant roadblock to granting their request.

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