APHIS Office - Pretoria, South Africa
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APHIS Office - Pretoria, South Africa

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

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and South Africa 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 Pretoria office maintains technical working relationships with our South African 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 South African 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 South Africa 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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Jeromy McKim, Area Director

George Fox, Agriculturalist

Countries of Responsibility: Republic of South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Reunion, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

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  • APHIS Presents at U.S.-AGOA Forum

    August 22, 2017 - On August 9-10, the United States met with 38 Sub-Saharan African nations under the auspices of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a trade preference program that affords duty-free access to the U.S. market.  The meeting, led by the U.S. Trade Representative and African counterparts, included discussions on regional economic integration and implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) to expedite the flow of goods in Africa.  APHIS presented at a panel on the application of the WTO SPS and TFA agreements.  APHIS also presented on the U.S. import process for meat and meat products.  AGOA exports were $10.6 billion last year.  Since the group was established in 2000, non-petroleum AGOA exports have increased almost 200 percent, reaching $4.2 billion in 2016.  In 2016, total U.S.-Africa agricultural trade reached $6 billion.

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