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.
July 23, 2018 - USDA agencies (AMS, APHIS, FAS, and FSIS) have finalized protocols with Japan to allow a resumption in the export of ovine and caprine meat and meat products to Japan for human consumption. These exports had been prohibited since the detection of BSE in the United States in 2003. Exports are expected to reach $1 million annually.
July 12, 2018 - APHIS has reached agreement with the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina on a new certificate which will open the market to U.S. exports of hydrolyzed protein, dicalcium phoshpate, and tricalcium phosphate intended for purposes other than human consumption. Previously, Bosnia and Herzegovina required certification for these materials that could not be endorsed by the U.S. Government. The estimated value of this trade accomplishment is $5 million per year.
July 12, 2018 - Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) and APHIS have reached agreement on updated language for certificates for the export of U.S. dairy products to Australia. These dairy products include products of caprine, ovine, and bovine origin, as well as cheese and butter. Dairy exports to Australia are already quite substantial, totaling $185 million in 2017.
July 12, 2018 - APHIS finalized revised health certificates for the export of pet food containing tallow (less than 0.15 percent) to Korea. The Korean Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) approved the certificates the following day. These updated certificates have the potential to facilitate additional U.S. pet food exports to Korea, which totaled over $3 million in 2017.