International Services

International Services

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.

Program Priorities

  • China Lifts Suspension on Washington State Apples

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that China is lifting its suspension of red and golden delicious apple imports from Washington State. The Chinese market for Washington apples was valued at $6.5 million in calendar year 2011.

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  • Proposed Rule Change May Allow Importation of Fresh Beef from Northern Argentina

    WASHINGTON, August 8, 2014—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing a proposal to amend the regulations to allow the importation of fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from northern Argentina.

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  • Proposed Rule Amendment may Allow Citrus from Republic of South Africa Into U.S.

    August 28, 2014

    USDA is proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of several varieties of fresh citrus fruit, as well as Citrus hybrids, into the continental United States from areas in the Republic of South Africa. The action is in response to a market access request submitted by the Republic of South Africa and is in accordance with our obligations under the International Plant Protection Convention and the Plant Protection Act.  

  • First Shipment of U.S. Chilled Pork enters Colombia

    On July 30, 2014, the first shipment of U.S. chilled pork entered Cartagena, Colombia. This successful outcome is a direct result of many years of negotiation under the enhanced relations of the United States – Colombia Free Trade Agreement. U.S. industry projects increased exports to potentially grow to $50 million a year.