APHIS works to protect the health and value of American agriculture and natural resources. APHIS International Services (IS) supports this mission in an international environment by: (1) collaborating with foreign partners to control pests and diseases before they can harm the U.S.; (2) facilitating safe agricultural trade; (3) ensuring effective and efficient management of internationally-based programs; and (4) investing in international capacity-building with foreign counterparts to build technical and regulatory skills that prevent the spread of damaging pests and diseases.
Oct. 15, 2018 - Peru has published new requirements for the import of flax seeds from the United States. In June 2017, a company in North Dakota reached out to APHIS to start the market access process after participating in a trade mission to Peru that identified two potential importers. As Peru did not have import requirements at that time, a government to government negotiation process ensued. Peru notified the World Trade Organization of its intent to publish new requirements for entry of flax seed in June 2018 and published the requirements 60 days later. The potential annual market value is $100,000.
Oct. 15, 2018 - APHIS and Mexico’s National Agricultural Health, Safety, and Quality Service (SENASICA) have signed the first U.S.-Mexico Strategic Plan for Cattle Fever Tick (CFT) with the aim of facilitating trade in healthy, tick-free and babesiosis-free cattle and reducing the spread of cattle ticks in wildlife along the border. The 5-year plan focuses on eradicating cattle fever ticks on livestock moving into Mexico and collaborating to mitigate the role wildlife play in spreading ticks.
Oct. 15, 2018 - Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Farming and Forestry (MAFF) has confirmed a detection of classical swine fever (CSF), also known as Hog Cholera, at a pig farm in the Gifu prefecture. Due to heightened concerns from recent detections of African swine fever (ASF) in China, MAFF tested and confirmed there was no detection of ASF in the pig. While Japan is not currently eligible to export live pigs or pork products to the United States, APHIS recognized Japan as free of CSF in June 2018. With this notification, APHIS will delist Japan as free of CSF until they regain disease free status.
Oct. 15, 2018 - Myanmar’s Plant Protection Division (PPD) granted market access for U.S. sorghum. This comes after APHIS submitted technical information for sorghum from the United States to meet PPD 2016 implementation of a new quarantine regulation requiring pest risk assessments (PRA) for all new and historically traded plant products for importation into Myanmar. In 2018, U.S. grains and feeds to Myanmar reached $12.8 million.