The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Tokyo, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Tokyo office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Japan.
Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Japan 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 Tokyo office maintains technical working relationships with our Japanese 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 Japanese 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 Japan 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.
Darya Chehrezad, Asst. Regional Manager
Countries of Responsibility: Japan
Aug. 6, 2018 - Japan has lifted prohibitions on the import of live poultry and hatching eggs from the State of Texas, as well as on poultry products from a 10 km radius zone within Texas. The restrictions had been in place since March 9, 2018 following the confirmation of low pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial broiler breeder flock in Hopkins County.
Aug. 6, 2018 - USDA (AMS, APHIS, FAS, and FSIS) have finalized protocols with Japan to allow a resumption in the export of ovine and caprine meat and meat products to Japan for human consumption. These exports had been prohibited since the detection of BSE in the United States in 2003. The re-opening of the market required agreement on protocols with both the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) and the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (MHLW). Unlike the current requirements for U.S beef and beef products exported to Japan for human consumption, the new requirements will allow the export of meat and meat products from ovine and caprine animals of all ages. These protocols also allow the export from the United States of meat and meat products derived from meat imported into the United States from third countries. Both FSIS and AMS have launched the programs to implement the new protocols and allow export. Exports are expected to reach $1 million annually.