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.
The U.S. and Europe are working together to expand trade between the two regions. Overseas trade has benefited American farmers who saw a total U.S. export of $140.9 billion dollars in agricultural goods last year which supported over a million U.S. jobs.
On April 21, 2014, Uruguay granted final approval for importing U.S. fresh and frozen poultry and poultry products including U.S. fresh chicken. U.S. poultry exports to Uruguay were valued at $250,000 in 2013, with potential to expand further under this new agreement.
Effective, April 30, 2014, China lifted trade restrictions against Virginia-origin poultry and poultry products originally placed after a finding of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) in 2007. Exports to China totaled $503.6 million in calendar year 2013.
Effective Jun 2, 2014, USDA will allow the importation of fresh cape gooseberries from Colombia without requiring cold treatment.