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APHIS Office - Panama City, Panama

APHIS Office - Panama City, Panama

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

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Panama 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 Panama City office maintains technical working relationships with our Panamanian 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 Panama's 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 Panama 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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Cesar Sandoval, Agricultural Scientist (U.S. Embassy Office)

Vanessa Dellis, U.S. COPEG Director, Screwworm Program (Pacora, Panama)

Countries of Responsibility: Panama, Animal and Plant Health, SPS, Safeguarding and Capacity Building issues


Location News

  • COPEG Staff Praised for Florida Support

    June 15, 2017 -  The US Ambassador to Panama, John Feeley; along with APHIS Veterinary Services Administrator, Dr. Jack Shere;, and IS Associate Deputy Administrator, Rebecca Bech praised the work of the US-Panama Cooperative Screwworm Program (COPEG) staff in a June 7, 2017 ceremony at the COPEG facility in Panama.  Program staff were recognized for their logistical support in rapidly responding to the New World Screwworm (NWS) outbreak in the Florida Keys in October 2016, which threatened the health and welfare of the endangered Key Deer and presented a threat to Florida’s livestock industry.

    NWS feeds on the flesh of mammals, including cattle and humans.  COPEG, managed by IS’ Action Programs and the Ministry of Agriculture of Panama, seeks to eradicate the flies by irradiating them, so they cannot reproduce.  The program works to prevent screwworm flies from coming north to the United States and destroying cattle. COPEG sent 200 million sterile pupae, which became 180 million sterile flies, as well as technicians providing logistics and advice.

    The ceremony was also attended by Minister of Agricultural Development of the Republic of Panama Engineer Eduardo Carles; the Vice Minister of Agricultural Development Dr. Esteban Antonio Girón Diaz; the Directors General of COPEG for Panama and the United States, respectively, Drs. Francisco Pinilla and Antonio Arroyave; and Florida State Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Lisa Conti.


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