The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Seoul, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Seoul office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Korea.
Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Korea 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 Seoul office maintains technical working relationships with our Korean 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 Korean 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 Korea 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.
Kelan Evans, Agricultural Science Officer
Countries of Responsibility: South Korea, North Korea
Dec. 15, 2017 - On December 11, Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) confirmed a second case of HPAI (H5N6) within a month. This detection follows a detection on November 17 and has resulted in MAFRA issuing a temporary standstill order for 24 hours as they implement intensified control measures. MAFRA is hoping to avoid the significant outbreaks that occurred last year and earlier this year, which resulted in over 400 confirmed cases of HPAI.
Dec. 15, 2017 - On December 11, Korea’s Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) finalized the revision of import requirements for table stock potatoes from the Pacific Northwest (PNW). PNW potatoes have been restricted since 2012 due to concerns about zebra chip (ZC) disease. In September 2017, APHIS and APQA reached agreement on risk mitigation measures to restore access. With APQA finishing their internal process for revision of the import requirements, the agreed protocol will be effective for potatoes grown during the 2018 growing season and onward. Restoration of PNW access should push total U.S. potato exports up to $10 million a year.