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
Oct. 12, 2017 - On September 14, APHIS published a final rule allowing the import of Korean Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium orchids. Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium orchids may now be imported into the continental United States in an approved growing medium, subject to specified growing, inspection, and certification requirements. APHIS has determined that the plants could be imported under certain conditions without resulting in the introduction into, or the dissemination within, the United States of a plant pest or noxious weed. This rule will take effect on October 16, 2017.
Oct. 12, 2017 - In September, APHIS-PPQ and IS met with Korea’s Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) in Gimcheon, South Korea, for the annul U.S.-Korea Plant Health Bilateral. U.S. issues included potatoes, cherries, stone fruit, blueberries, apples, and pears. Korea’s issues included orchids, peppers, pears, broccoli, and carrots. APHIS noted progress on several Korean issues, especially the recent publication of the final rule for Korea orchids, and pressed APQA to see real progress made on U.S. issues.