APHIS Office - Quito, Ecuador

APHIS Office - Quito, Ecuador

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

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Ecuador 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 Quito office maintains technical working relationships with our Ecuadoran 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 Ecuadoran 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 Ecuador 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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Esteban V. Espinosa, Agricultural Specialist

Countries of Responsibility: Ecuador

Location News

  • Ecuador Allows Entry of U.S. Bovine Hides and Leather

    Aug. 3, 2017 - On July 20, Ecuador’s technical agency, AGROCALIDAD, notified APHIS/Quito that U.S. salted bovine leather and hide imports are now allowed entry into Ecuador. AGROCALIDAD and APHIS have agreed to update their electronic libraries to reflect the new requirements. It is estimated that trade in these commodities could reach $3 million per year. 

  • First Shipment of Ecuadorian Pitahaya Arrives in United States

    Nov. 7, 2017 - On September 30, the first shipment of around 70 boxes of fresh pitahaya (dragon fruit) from Ecuador arrived in Miami. On July 20, 2017, Ecuador was approved to export pitahaya to the United States under a systems approach. Currently, Ecuador has over 1,634 hectares in the coastal, highlands and rain forest regions of Ecuador and 254 producers and exporters registered. Ecuador expects to export over 2,000 MT with an estimated value of $5 million within a year. Ecuador currently exports pitahaya to Singapore, Hong Kong, and Europe.

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