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.

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About APHIS

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

  • APHIS Retains Market for U.S. Pork Products to Uzbekistan

    Aug. 3, 2017 - On July 15, APHIS and the State Department verified that Uzbekistan had lifted a 2014 prohibition on the import of U.S. pork meat. The ban had been imposed on the import of live pigs, semen, pork, pork products, and swine feed from the United States due to concerns over porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). The ban was lifted after APHIS provided detailed information regarding PEDV in the United States and scientific support for the safety of the affected commodities. The estimated value of this accomplishment is $10 million per year. 

  • APHIS Opens Market for U.S. Export of Bacterial-origin Products to Ukraine

    Oct. 12, 2017 - On September 8, APHIS finalized an agreement with Ukraine for the certification to accompany consignments of commercial shipments of bacterial products not of animal-origin intended for the processing of waste. Previously Ukraine required certification that could not be endorsed. The FAS office in Kyiv, Ukraine, provided crucial support in reaching agreement with the Ukrainian authorities.  The estimated value of this new market opening is $5 million per year.

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