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APHIS Office - Santiago, Chile

APHIS Office - Santiago, Chile

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

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Chile 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 Santiago office maintains technical working relationships with our Chilean 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 Chilean 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 Chile 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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Location News

  • Chile Announces New National Director of SAG

    Oct. 15, 2018 - In August 2018, Chile’s Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) announced that Dr. Horacio Bórquez Conti was selected as the National Director. Dr. Conti is a Veterinarian who received his medical degree from the Austral University of Chile. He was previously the advisor to the former Minister of Agriculture, Luis Mayol. Prior to his advisory role he was a Government Regional Adviser (CORE) in the Biobío Region for 8 years and also served as Deputy Director and National Director of the SAG during the previous presidency of Sebastián Piñera. He managed the Carnes Ñuble for 23 years and was the President of the Chilean Cold Meat Storage and Slaughterhouse Association (FAENACAR).

  • ePhyto Expansion

    Oct. 16, 2018 - Chile has joined the United States, Argentina, and New Zealand as the fourth country to go online with the International Plant Protection Convention Electronic Phytosanitary Certification (ePhyto) Hub. This centralized system allows for the electronic exchange of ePhytos between trading partners. In addition to streamlining agricultural trade, the Hub brings member countries closer to alignment with Trade Facilitation Agreement single window requirements. Chile has already begun exchanging live ePhytos with APHIS through the Hub.

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