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

Location News

  • U.S. Poultry Meat and Products to Kazakhstan

    Jan. 29, 2018 - On January 17, following an effort involving APHIS and other agencies, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) updated their export library to indicate that the Russian Federation had removed the prohibition on the transit of poultry and poultry meat products through Russian territory en route to Kazakhstan. This action narrows Russian avian influenza-related restrictions on U.S. poultry and poultry products and should help to expand exports to Kazakhstan. The estimated value of this export accomplishment is $20 million per year.

  • APHIS Opens Serbian Market for U.S. Pet Food and Dog Chews

    Jan. 29, 2018 - On January 12, APHIS finalized an agreement with Serbia for three certificates for U.S. pet foods and dog chews exported to Serbia. Previously, Serbia required certification for these products that could not be endorsed by APHIS. The newly agreed certificates parallel similar certificates required by the European Union, which benefits industry in that they already have approved supply chains meeting the requirements. The estimated value of this export accomplishment is $5 million per year.

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