APHIS Office - Vienna, Austria

APHIS Office - Vienna, Austria

The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Vienna represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 19 countries in Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, and Central Asia including Russia and Turkey.  We work in close collaboration with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS).

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and our area of coverage has created a vital role for APHIS ensuring that new trade opportunities are realized and that existing trade between these economies flows smoothly. The APHIS Vienna office maintains technical working relationships with our counterparts in this region to resolve Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues whenever they arise. These relationships contribute to maintaining the success of agricultural trade-related commercial activities between the economy of the United States and those of 19 countries covered by the Vienna office, 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 points of entry.  Moreover, another objective of our office in Vienna is to safeguard U.S. agriculture and natural resources from exotic animal and plant pests and diseases by monitoring the occurrence of such pests and diseases and through enhancing the capacity building of foreign officials in those countries in order to mitigate those pests.

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 continues to expand its 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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Dr. Hala Toubia, Agricultural Specialist

Countries of Responsibility: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

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  • APHIS Cooperation with Russia on Asian Gypsy Moth

    Mar. 26, 2018 -  APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine and International Services, along with USDA/Forest Services, US/Customs and Border Patrol, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) met with the representatives of the All-Russia Plant Quarantine Center and the Federal State of the Russian Forest Protection to implement an activity under a U.S.-Russia cooperative program to monitor Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) populations around ports in the Russian Far East engaged in international trade with North America. This activity involved a series of meetings in the United States that included a visit to the APHIS/OTIS laboratory at Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts and the Tacoma port in Seattle. The meeting also included exchange of information on AGM monitoring, inspection procedures, and mitigation measures applied in Russia, Canada, and the United States. The Russian officials thanked USDA for the financial support provided and the successful collaboration, which represents one of few meaningful areas of cooperation between our two countries in agriculture at present.

  • APHIS Seeks to Expand Exports of Livestock Products to Ukraine

    June 1, 2018 - APHIS' Veterinary Services, International Services and the Foreign Agricultural Service met with authorities in the Ukrainian Veterinary Service in Kiev regarding APHIS efforts to retain and expand the market for various commodities, including pet food, dairy products for human consumption, poultry meat, blood products for animal feeding, gelatin and collagen (for purposes other than human consumption), hides, wool, and feathers. For most of these commodities the current bilateral certificates are outdated and have problematic requirements. The need to engage Ukraine now is due to the fact that Ukraine has indicated because of new requirements they will not continue to accept these certificates for much longer. Significant progress was made and the next steps were agreed for the negotiation of all certificates under discussion. This meeting was also important for relationship building, since APHIS/VS has not visited Ukraine for any technical-level discussions in more than 5 years.

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