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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Sam Johnson (PPQ), Preclearance Supervisor


Location News

  • Chile Plant Health Bilateral

    Jan. 29, 2018 - On January 8-9, APHIS and Chile held bilateral plant health discussions in Chillan, Chile. Discussion focused on Chilean and U.S. market access priority issues as well as updates on plant pest activities involving Lobesia botrana (EGVM), Ceritatis capitata (medfly) and Drosophila suzukii (SWD). U.S. issues included market access for ginseng, hay, blueberry fruit, and date palm plantlets. Chile advised that the U.S. ginseng PRA would be completed in January 2018; Chile subsequently notified APHIS on January 23 that the PRA had been completed. The United States also presented on the Regulatory Framework for Seed Health (ReFreSH) initiative. Chile offered to grant access to several requests on a case-by-case basis while it concludes PRAs and technical analysis. Chile’s top market access issue was a request for APHIS to publish the final rule for a lemons system approach. Other Chilean issues included the Cherimoya systems approach, furthering discussion on a proposal to export blueberries from the Bio-Bio region, the acceptance of PCR techniques on Curculionids spp., and clarification on the admissibility of various citrus hybrids. Following the meetings on January 10-11, an APHIS risk analyst visited blueberry and grape production areas in the Bio-Bio region, where Chile hopes to establish a systems approach in regards to EGVM. On January 12, the analyst traveled to Copiapo in the Atacama Desert region to see EGVM activities. Both countries agreed to continue technical cooperation and maintain open and fluid communication on issues.

  • Chilean Cherimoya and Lemons

    April 3, 2018 - APHIS has published the Final Rule to allow for the importation of fresh cherimoya fruit from Chile into the continental United States. The cherimoya must be produced in accordance with a systems approach, as an alternative to the currently required treatment. The rule will be effective on April 30, 2018, thirty days after publication. Additionally, on April 6, APHIS published the Final Rule for Chilean lemons. The rule will be effective May 7, 2018. APHIS amended the fruits and vegetables regulations to list lemon (Citrus limon (L.) Burm. f.) from Chile as eligible for importation into the continental United States subject to a systems approach. Lemons were Chile’s top market access request.

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