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.
Sept. 18, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden will lead a trade mission to Accra, Ghana, Nov. 17 to Nov. 20, to expand export opportunities for U.S. agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa.
On August 14, 2015 - Officials from USTR, FAS, APHIS/TST and the East African Community (EAC) met to discuss trade and investment issues of mutual interest. The United States and the EAC are advancing trade relations and food security through best practices in trade facilitation, SPS measures, and technical barriers to trade.
From August 31–September 5, 2015, APHIS personnel trained 15 Moroccan experts on citrus cold-treatment inspection in Agadir, Morocco. This training will expand opportunities for trade between the two countries, strengthen capacity to safeguard agriculture, and facilitate trade through better understanding of phytosanitary issues.
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.