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 Opens Market for Exports of Mink Furs to Russian Federation, via Denmark

    Dec. 15, 2017 - On November 23, APHIS reached agreement with officials with the Danish Ministry of Agriculture to allow furs to be exported from the United States to Denmark and then re-exported to the Russian Federation. APHIS had previously reached agreement to allow mink furs to be exported to Denmark, but the Danish government was unable to certify the furs for export to the Russian Federation under the bilateral agreement between it and Russia. Under the agreement, U.S. mink furs will be able to be further exported from Denmark to the Russian Federation if the original U.S. exporter requests the agreed upon supplementary certification. The estimated value of this trade accomplishment is $5 million per year. This agreement is an example of the creative pathways that APHIS has used to maintain market access to Russia despite import bans and a weaker Russian currency, factors which have reduced the value of total U.S. agricultural exports to Russia by nearly 90 percent over the past 5 years.

  • APHIS Opens Serbian Market for Treated Technical Blood Products

    Dec. 15, 2017 - On December 12, APHIS finalized an agreement with Serbia for a certificate for U.S. treated blood products exported to Serbia for technical purposes. Previously, Serbia required certification for these products that could not be endorsed by APHIS. The newly agreed certificate parallels a similar certificate required by the European Union, which benefits industry in that they already have approved supply chains meeting the requirements. The estimated value of this new market accomplishment is $5 million per year.

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