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APHIS Office - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

APHIS Office - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and the Dominican Republic 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 Santo Domingo office maintains technical working relationships with our Dominican 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 Dominican 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 the Dominican Republic 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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Mario Ambrosino, Agriculturalist

Countries of Responsibility: Caribbean Area Office (D.R.) covers all the islands in the Caribbean except the U.S. Territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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    April 11, 2018 -  APHIS - International Services, Veterinary Services, and Plant Protection and Quarantine, along with representatives from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Natural Resources and Conservation Service and Agricultural Research Service met with a delegation from the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG) in Washington to review and discuss a work plan proposed by both countries in 2017. APHIS discussion areas included fruit flies, New World screwworm, citrus, and animal and plant health certificates. APHIS seeks to maintain its relationship with its counterpart agency and continue exchanging technical information between the nations, in spite of logistical difficulties imposed by security restrictions on U.S. personnel traveling to Cuba. On April 19, Cuban President Raul Castro stepped down in favor of Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel; the change in leadership may affect the ongoing development of the U.S.-Cuba relationship overall. The United States exported $254 million worth of agricultural products to Cuba in 2017.

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