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.
March 10, 2015 --The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), International Services (IS) seeks candidates for a new APHIS Foreign Service (FS) training program, which is advertised through the Federal employment site, USAJOBS, through March 23, 2015. APHIS will recruit a number of trainees, who upon successful completion of the program will be converted to the APHIS Foreign Service at the FP-4 grade (GS-12 equivalent). Upon completion of the 12-14 month training program and successful completion of all required clearances, the candidate will receive their first Foreign Service assignment abroad. All assignments will be based upon the needs of the Agency.
On January 30, 2015, APHIS published a final rule with immediate effect authorizing the importation of hybrid unshu oranges from South Korea. This publication will enable Korea to export a limited amount of oranges this shipping season, which ends in early February. Korean citrus exports to the United States totaled $1.6 million in calendar year (CY) 2013, and this final rule will likely enable a small increase in additional citrus exports in the coming years. By contrast, U.S. fresh citrus exports to Korea totaled $229.5 million in CY 2013 accounting for more that 20 percent of total U.S. citrus exports and making Korea the 2nd largest export market for U.S. citrus.
In January 2015, APHIS reached agreement with the Netherlands for certification for pollen to be used in apiculture research. Previously, this trade could not occur because the Netherlands required the same certification for pollen intended for commercial apiculture, which requires disease programs APHIS does not have in place. The value of this trade accomplishment is estimated at less than $1 million per year.
On January 29, 2015, APHIS implemented newly negotiated requirements (effective February 23, 2015) for the export of “intermediate products” to the European Union for the production of cosmetics. Previously, no harmonized legislation covered these exports, requiring each Member State to establish their own generally more restrictive requirements. The new requirements should facilitate these exports EU-wide when they go into effect February 23 and expand opportunities for U.S. exporters of these products. The value of this trade accomplishment is estimated at $10 million per year.