APHIS Office - Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico

APHIS Office - Uruapan, (Michoacan) Mexico

The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) avocado preclearance office in Uruapan, in the Mexican State of Michoacan, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) in Michoacan, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Mexico.

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Mexico 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 Mexico office maintains technical working relationships with our Mexican 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 Mexican 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 Mexico 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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Homero Guzman, (PPQ), Avocado Program Coordinator


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  • APHIS Reviews Avocado and Mango Programs in Mexico

    May 8-11, 2017 - IS and PPQ conducted an operational and personnel safety review in the avocado and mango preclearance export programs in the State of Michoacán. APHIS employs more than 140 permanent and temporary local inspectors in Mexico to carry out the programs. Avocado exports are estimated to reach $2 billion in 2017, a record since the program began in 1997. Per capita avocado consumption in the U.S. grew six-fold from 1 to 6 pounds per year over the past two decades. Meanwhile, Mexico is the third largest market for U.S. agricultural exports, totaling over $18.7 billion in 2016. Due to NAFTA, agricultural trade with Mexico is completely tariff- and quota-free, and highly integrated.

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