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.
Mar. 15, 2019 - The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCE) has agreed to release three shipments of U.S. milled rice, valued at more than $200,000, which had been detained in Dubai. APHIS worked with UAE officials on the acceptance of various post-departure certificates to facilitate the trade. U.S. agricultural exports to the UAE were worth $1 billion in 2018.
Mar. 15, 2019 - Taiwan’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) has recognized APHIS’ system for approving U.S. facilities to produce bulk porcine- and poultry-origin ingredients and authorized market access for these products. This allows for bulk shipments of animal-origin ingredients used in the production of pet food and animal feed to be exported to Taiwan. Additionally, APHIS can now approve on behalf of BAPHIQ U.S. facilities to export the bulk ingredients to Taiwan. Exports could potentially reach $20 million annually.
Mar. 5, 2019 - Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced it would be lowering the inspection rate for U.S. beef back to the previously agreed rate of 3 percent. MAFRA raised the inspection rate from 3 percent to 30 percent following the detection of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Florida in August 2018. APHIS worked with Korean counterparts to provide the needed information to have the rate reduced.
Mar. 5, 2019 - Vietnam has committed to issuing import permits for U.S. blueberries based on phytosanitary measures discussed during the January bilateral meeting. This new market access will allow for the growth of U.S. blueberry exports, which totaled over $100 million in FY18.