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

  • U.S. Peas and Pulses Receive Fumigation Waiver from India

    Jan. 29, 2018 - On December 29, India announced that regulations requiring imported pulses be fumigated with methyl bromide (MB) would be temporarily ‘relaxed’ for an additional 6 months until June 30, 2018. Under the terms of the relaxation, imported pulses from all suppliers will continue to be fumigated upon arrival in India. The extension on the current methyl bromide fumigation on arrival requirements also applies to other agricultural products requiring fumigation. APHIS has continued to engage India on a proposal for the adoption of a systems approach to replace the current MB fumigation requirement and will raise the issue at the February 2018 bilateral meeting in Mumbai. Exports of U.S. peas and pulses to India reached $142 million in 2016.

  • 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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