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

  • APHIS Meets with India for Plant Health Bilateral

    Aug. 3, 2017 - On July 18-19, APHIS/PPQ and IS hosted India’s Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MOA&FW) in Seattle, Washington for the annual plant health bilateral meeting. U.S. topics included the adoption by India of a system approach for importing U.S. cherries, and measures for importing U.S. peas and pulses, and U.S. alfalfa hay. Indian priorities focused on oversight transfer on the preclearance program and market access for Indian grapes. From July 19-21, APHIS and U.S. industry stakeholders conducted site visits (growing regions and packinghouses) for alfalfa hay, cherry, and peas and pulses for the MOA&FW officials. Both parties agreed to continue progress on priority issues and to meet in early 2018 in India. 

  • Sri Lanka Agrees to Updated Protocol for U.S. Bovine Semen

    Aug. 22, 2017 - On July 31, Sri Lanka’s Department of Animal Production and Health (DAPH) accepted APHIS’ updated protocol for the export of U.S. bovine semen to Sri Lanka.  APHIS first engaged with DAPH in 2013 following notification from U.S. industry that DAPH was requesting an exporter add additional certifications and testing in addition to the 2012 protocol.  DAPH did not respond, and APHIS re-engaged in January 2017 to update the protocol and remove the additional testing requirements.  While it is expected to remain a largely niche market, the updated protocol should allow the market to return and potentially improve on the $145,000 reached in 2013.

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